I know, I know, I just posted about Monade a few weeks ago. Here we go again. Monstre Cosmic is out, and after a few spins, I’ve decided I’m officially enamored with Latitia Sadier’s Stereolab-lite side project. With this album, Monade expands and stretches the warmth and melody of the previous two efforts and gives us ten more tracks suitable for sun-drenched lounging on a Sunday afternoon.
“Étoile” is my favorite cut so far. It’s a pretty, swaying piece, sung in French, that perfectly captures the Monade vibe: gentle, accompanying keyboards, a bouncy, picked bassline, a restlessness in tempo and Sadier’s voice floating above it all (aided by bassist/vocalist Marie Merlet’s ever-so-slightly more delicate voice.) Check it out and see what you think.