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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v9n48 (12/01/2010) » Section: Left of the Dial

Daft Punk - Tron Legacy: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack

After 1977 (a.k.a. the post-Star Wars era) the folks at Disney really tried to capture that sci-fi and space movie market. 1980’s magnificently dark epic The Black Hole didn’t win audiences or shuffle those all-important tie-in toys. Then came 1982’s Tron, which was ridiculously ahead of its time and helped to flesh out the concept of virtual reality. It was a modest success but not the huge hit the Mouse was hoping for. So it was a real surprise to hear, nearly thirty years later, that Disney would release a sequel with Jeff “Flynn” Bridges on board. It was almost as big of a surprise—and certainly as pleasant of one—to find that the Parisian electronic music wizards Daft Punk were on board to craft a soundtrack. It’s almost too perfect of a fit. It’s clear just looking at the cyborg masked personas of duo Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter and their laser light show that the world of Tron has always been an inspiration.

Stereolab - Not Music

It is ironic that an album titled Not Music should carry with it so many different musical influences. With elements of krautrock, bossa nova, lounge, and electropop, London’s Stereolab have returned from a two-year hiatus to release a familiar-sounding yet expansive new album. After an unexpectedly short ”indefinite hiatus,” Not Music—recorded during the same sessions as their 2008 album Chemical Chords—delivers exactly what fans expect from Stereolab: mellow, smart music for essentially everyone.

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