New 4-track digital EP from long-term Stereolab keyboardist Morgane Lhote
Following on from her limited 7” single on Happy Robots Records, Hologram Teen brings us the extended four track digital ‘Marsangst‘ EP version including two previously unreleased tracks.
Hologram Teen is the solo electronic motorik disco project of Morgane Lhote, known to many for her work as long-term keyboard player in the seminal indie kosmische act Stereolab. 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’. She followed her time in Stereolab with 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 she has since settled in LA, where she produces her current project.
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. “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.
The new ‘Marsangst’ EP, which will be released by London-based Happy Robots Records, pushes Morgane’s electronic horror movie sound in a new direction, almost inventing a whole genre – ‘techno-Krautrock’. Sounding like the best of seminal French house pioneer Étienne de Crécy condensed down to five minutes and remixed by Stripe from Gremlins.
“On Marsangst, I wanted to experiment with a more techno feel and style of production such as side-chain compression, which helped me create a more propulsive response between the kick drum and bass tracks,” says Morgane Lhote. ‘Hex These Rules’ was influenced by the tongue-in-cheek Balearic feel-good dance anthems of the Spanish label Suara, while ‘Scratches en Série’ is a playful homage to early hip-hop and bands such as The Sugar Hill Gang. ‘Franmaster Glash’ has a special place in my heart as it’s the first Hologram Teen track I’ve ever written, and again it’s strongly influenced by early 1980s NYC Electro if you couldn’t already tell by the name.”
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.
The four-track digital EP is available from August 5, 2016 on all major digital stores and streaming services. The 7” single is limited to 300 copies and is distributed worldwide by Cargo Records. It is also available from www.happyrobots.co.uk.
2. Hex These Rules
3. Scratches en Série
4. Franmaster Glash