Stereolab: Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements/Mars Audiac Quintet

Stereolab’s catalog stretches over two decades of constant experimentation and subtle reinvention that began in 1990 when Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier (the only two constant members) first formed the group. Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcements (1993) and Mars Audiac Quintet (1994) are their second and third “proper” albums, following in the wake of numerous DIY singles and EPs, and the full-length debut, Peng! (1992). The two albums, which have just been reissued with several extra tracks and demos, mark a period of transition for the band, one during which they became more conscious of sound and space on their recordings while also bringing their myriad influences and ideas into tighter focus.