Laetitia Sadier on pop and politics

Stereolab was a curious phenomenon. Throughout the ’90s and into the aughts, the British band always seemed to complement the major musical trends that came and went around them* while standing apart on a wavelength of their own. Their dalliance with shoegazing guitars and devoted pop craftsmanship felt current, but Stereolab’s centre stage was always occupied by vintage synthesizers and organs, and the velvety French-accented tones of Laetitia Sadier.

Today’s Sounds: Laetitia Sadier

Only Laetitia Sadier could sound this cool and collected singing about fascism, the G20 and Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. This is her second solo album since Stereolab broke up in 2009, and since the dissolution of her side-project, Monade. And while her sound remains locked in time — her voice, her melodies, her lounge-pop shuffle, her retro-futurist arrangements — her themes are totally 2012.