It's Roy Lichenstein gone wild -- and the music follows suit. Sung in Turkish, German, French and a charming broken English, Francois Cactus' breathy yet emotionless vocals (think Jane Birkin meets Nico meets Marilyn Monroe) hover over brittle blips, bleeps and buzzes so primitive they sound like Kraftwerk in kindergarten.
There are occasional bursts of punk guitar from Brezel Goring (the male half of the twosome), but it's the primitive, near-childlike Toys R Us synths that provide the distinctive, enchanting atmosphere. Musique Automatique's 16 songs and five remixes (stripped down, then enhanced with retro-tech whizzing) are as contagious as pink eye.
Stereo Total doesn't reinvent pop, but it does make you appreciate it in a different way. Most important, the group doesn't take itself -- or its music -- too seriously, making this album perfect for ages 5 and up.
Stereo Total plays the Echo Lounge Tues., Nov. 5.
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