Hologram Teen has just released a 2-track single on 7″ vinyl via London’s Happy Robots Records. This is the solo electronic motorik disco project of Morgane Lhote, former long-term keyboard player of Stereolab.
The Hologram Teen sound, although embracing electronica and pop, does so in a way that is more evocative of a prog rock disco horror soundtrack than the soulless EDM that fills the pop charts. “It’s like Fabio Frizzi meets Grandmaster Flash,” says Morgane Lhote. Her debut sold-out single ‘Post-Apocalypteacakes’ was released on London’s Deep Distance label and mixed creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats. Following its release, Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker came to be among her many newfound fans.
“With Marsangst, I wanted to write a minimal techno track that still retained groovy, more dance-like elements, with a splash of Krautrock and a futuristic vibe,” explains Morgane. “Kyaputen Fyūchā is also on the cover, rescuing stranded space explorers one at a time with his magic pink disco vinyl, while Disco Démon gets serenaded by four-eyed cats. Never a dull day in the Hologram Teen galaxy!”
Her influences and tastes are super eclectic, citing Yellow Magic Orchestra, Chagrin d’Amour, NehruvianDoom, Maria Bethânia, The Salsoul Orchestra, Acid Washed, Jean Claude Vannier, Chicago, Del The Funky Homosapien, Silver Apples, Steely Dan, Don Armando’s Second Avenue Rhumba Band, Nancy Leticia, Riz Ortolani, and Siouxsie & The Banshees.
Written by Morgane Lhote and co-produced with Jonathan R. Freihofer, both tracks were mixed by Jonathan R. Freihofer and mastered by Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering.The single’s glorious sci-fi artwork is by Alex Smith.
This single is limited to 300 copies and distributed worldwide by Cargo Records. It is also available direct from the label at www.happyrobots.co.uk
Listen To ‘Marsangst/Hex These Rules’:
2. Hex These Rules
“Virtually summons reference to a whole genre – electro Krautrock – it’s fun and bouncy, parsimoniously perplexing and gyrating” – Overblown Magazine
“Crunky whirling, sometimes dark, but always fun musical path chocked full of electronic motorik disco” – The Spill Magazine
“Subterranean dance party sounds rise to a surface that seeks electronic rhythm objectives like low flying remote controlled synth missiles” – Impose Magazine
“Playful and addictive disorientation; spinning you around and planting hooks in your mind’s ear” – Delusions of Adequacy
“Best known for an extended period in Stereolab, Morgane delivers a very on point mix of soundtrack and groove… These two tracks show pedigree and are superior examples… Excellent, excellent stuff” – Is This Music