Stereolab

You Used to Call Me Sadness/Skyhigh [split]

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As champions of fledgling bands and indie labels, Stereolab knows few peers: their discography is stuffed with split singles, compilations and limited-edition pressings -- inherently sought-after and highly collectible by the group's inclusion -- that by extension raise the visibility of the more obscure artists and imprints hitching their wagons to the Lab's star. This split for the British boutique label Lissy's includes an alternate rendition of "You Used to Call Me Sadness" much more stripped-down and analog than the version included on the Fluorescences EP, but what makes it a must-have is actually the flipside. "Skyhigh" is easily one of the two or three finest songs Füxa ever released, not to mention the most aptly titled -- its warm synth drones and intricate guitars evoke the sensation of flight with uncommon feel and accuracy. ["You Used to Call Me Sadness" later resurfaced on Stereolab's Aluminum Tunes collection.]