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London Label Polytechnic Youth is releasing the debut album 'Between The Funk and The Fear' from Hologram Teen', the solo electronic motorik disco project of Morgane Lhote, long-term keyboard player in seminal indie kosmische act Stereolab. On this occasion, she is sharing the track 'Escape from Paris (Orange Crate Art Remix)', in follow up to the lead track 'God(d) Of Thunder
An homage to 1980s soundtracks and remixed by Swedish hallucinatory maestro Orange
Crate Art, 'Escape From Paris' blends together VHS nasties, dystopian landscapes and stoned soul picnics, taking the listener on a bad trip before ending the album on a more hopeful note.
Morgane recorded and performed with the band during their imperial phase between 1995 and 2001, when they released a series of career defining albums including 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup'. Later on, she did a stint in The Projects and, from 2005, played in Garden with members of Simian Mobile Disco
before starting the Hologram Teen project. Having lived in Paris, NYC and London, she has since settled in LA, where she produces her current project.
This is her first solo album since those days. It includes 11 killer occasionally whacked-out tracks, inspired by a multitude of key figures from varying genres - the soundtracks of Goblin and John Carpenter, 1970s French Disco
and psychedelic Brazilian rock, Congolese Soukous, and the string arrangements of François de Roubaix and Jean-Claude Vannier.
'God(d) of Thunder
vs. Sukia' entails a collaboration with Sukia, an electronic band based in Camarillo, California. Formed in the early 1990s and produced by The Dust Brothers and Jerry Finn. Sasha
Fuentes and Craig
Borrell of Sukia played guitar, flute, synths, and sang on this new track, producing a slice of cinematic psychedelia where Ennio Morricone meets Jean-Luc Godard at the mouth of the Styx River.
'Between The Funk and the Fear' follows Hologram Teen's widely acclaimed 'Marsangst' EP, released via Happy Robots Records last year. Apart from Sukia, Morgane Lhote is joined on his new album by Swedish musician Orange
Crate Art, spicing up the proceedings.
Although Hologram Teen embraces electronica and pop, she 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. Her approach in mixing creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats has won Pulp's Jarvis Cocker
over as one of her many newfound fans.
"With this first LP, I wanted to create the soundtrack to the trippiest horror movie ever, and combine the scary and the absurd, through a very tongue in cheek aesthetic both musically and visually. For this project, I decided to experiment with adding live instruments, such as bass, drums, and strings, instead of or in conjunction with electronic instruments on some tracks. It was especially interesting to merge both musical feels and textures into one cohesive narrative," says Morgane Lhote.
"I also had a strong sense of what the music should "look like" as shown on the LP's cover design: Disco
Démon was always going to be the main protagonist in a mish-mash of Jean-Claude Forest's comics meets neon loudness meets the movie poster to 'The Warriors' and 'Le frisson des vampires'".
The Polytechnic Youth label started in 2014 when a friend of the owner invested his savings in a vinyl-cutting lathe directly from its "inventor" in Germany. The label was hugely inspired by the key period of 1978-82 minimal synth and DIY electronic scene; and the private press nature of several essential releases which were often adorned in photocopied sleeves, stapled, created at home affairs that, more often than not contained incredible, groundbreaking music.
"This is a very filmic, hugely adventurous full length - perhaps a slight departure from previous output on Polytechnic Youth, but all the better for it," says Dom Martin, label boss at Polytechnic Youth. "And with titles like 'Roller Lover Doppelganger', 'Tracksuit Minotaur' and 'Lesbian Death Drums', what's not to like?!"
The vinyl issue of 'Between The Funk and The Fear' is limited to 500 copies and can be ordered from Polytechnic Youth direct at firstname.lastname@example.org or from Morgane Lhote directly for orders within the USA via https://hologramteen.bandcamp.com, in addition to various stores throughout the UK and select European distributors. In the UK, the album will be available from Norman Records, Rough Trade, Piccadilly Records, Resident Records, Heyday Mailorder, One Nation Distro, and Friendly Records (Bristol). In Europe, it will be distributed via Clear Spot Distro, HHV Berlin and Tommes Schallplatten Stuttgart, but this list continues to grow.
02 Bleeker Street! Chase Me!
03 Tracksuit Minotaur
04 God(d) of Thunder
05 Roller Lover Doppelgänger
06 Hologram Teen & Brasil 666
07 Bartók in C
08 Brooklyn's Broken! You Caught Me!
09 Lesbian Death Drums
10 Magique Afrique
11 Escape from Paris (Orange Crate Art Remix)