Stereo Embers’ TRACK OF THE DAY: Hologram Teen’s “Bleecker Street! Chase Me!”

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On July 6 Hologram Teen released their debut album Between the Funk and the Fear via the London-based label Polytechnic Youth.

The band’s braintrust Morghane Lhote is a musician who has lived in Paris, NYC, London, and is now based in Los Angeles. An edgy keyboardist with an attitude and a style of her own, her own musical manifesto swings between numerous influences and genres like horror disco, krautrock, electronic music, and some retro electronica vintage feathers.

Lhote was the keyboardist of the space-age avant-pop band Stereolab from 1995 to 2001, when they released a series of career-defining albums including the influential Emperor Tomato Ketchup. Later on she worked with The Projects, played in Garden (with members of Simian Mobile Disco), and since 2016 her signature has been Hologram Teen with many significant guests appearing in her musical phantasmagoria (California’s Sukia, Swedish Orange Crate Art etc.)!

It’s not that easy to put Lhote’s music into a genre–it’s electronic music, it’s creepy disco, it’s vintage-oriented soundtrack disco soundtrack, and it’s openly krautrock, too. A very difficult sonic mixture but one that she easily blends with her talent in writing catchy and very groovy themes on funky kraut foundations, all presented as complete songs suitable for socializing on the dancefloor. These are not soulless electronic tracks, they’re brimming with life while mixing creepy vintage library effects with bouncy dancehall synths and disco beats.

Hologram Teen have just put out the official video for “Bleeker Street! Chase Me!” a clip designed and animated by Jason Smith, which features a trippy and nightmarish disco-tastic chase scene in gritty NYC and has plenty of easter eggs for everyone.

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