Cavern of Anti-Matter

Hormone Lemonade

Duophonic

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Stereolab pushed the envelope of electro-pop niceties, and, years later, Cavern of Anti-Matter is pushing it further. With co-singer/songwriters Tim Gane and Lætitia Sadier at the helm, Stereolab released a handful of seminal albums in the 1990s and early 2000sattracting such big names in music as Damon Albarn from Blur and the band Tortoise. When Stereolab went on an indefinite hiatus in 2009, a decent chunk of the group formed alternative projectsthe most prescient of these is Gane's Cavern of Anti-Matter, a trio whose third studio album is Hormone Lemonade.

Formed in 2013 with modular synth virtuoso Holger Zapf, and Stereolab drummer Joe Dilworth, Cavern of Anti-Matter sonically makes sense: the Gane branch of Stereolab made a name for itself as the experimental, "motorik" side of the group, which, paired with Dilworth's notorious drum machine clicks and Zapf's sequenced synthwork, makes Cavern of Anti-Matter a powerful trio. Equal parts organic and automatic music, Hormone Lemonade is a logical next-step for these talented musicians.

Despite its name, "Malfunction" is a jovial and harmonious first act. Zapf's sweeping synth textures go mostly unaccompanied and drive the song; when the simple drum-machine beat does come in, about two-thirds into the 16-minute track, "Malfunction" morphs into a hypnotizing and amorphous creature. The album's rhythm-heavy first single, "Make Out Fade Out" has more of a disco-punk aesthetic, while the equally engaging "Automatic Morning" has more of a Boards of Canada vibe. "Phantom Melodies" lures the listener in and out of comfort, and is one of the strangest songs on the record.

Cavern of Anti-Matter continue to rock, and Hormone Lemonade represents a fine addition to a steadily growing discography. A good set of headphones is recommended. (www.cavernofantimatter.com)

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