Stereolab

Plastic Mile/I Was a Sunny Rainphase

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The second in a trio of simultaneously released singles, "Plastic Mile" returns to the effervescent and elegant squiggle-pop Stereolab perfected circa the Fluorescences EP. Less about reinventing the wheel than returning to the womb, the song is all pastel colors and soft edges, proving yet again that no other band has better understood or articulated the gravitas of weightlessness. "I Was a Sunny Rainphase" seems grafted together from spare parts -- a few Atari bleeps here, a Moe Tucker drumbeat there, and a shot of Tijuana Brass to chase it down.