Laetitia Sadier: “Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe”
The French-English band Stereolab has a sizable cult following, thanks to nearly two decades of imparting their graceful electronic sound onto the independent music scene. So it was with heavy hearts that many greeted the news of the band’s indefinite hiatus in 2009, but that hasn’t stopped vocalist Laetitia Sadier. She’s seemingly been freed from convention, working with a number of musicians in differing genres while also undertaking her own solo career. On July 24, Sadier will release her second album, the contemplative Silencio.
Contrary to the title, Sadier has never shied away from having herself heard. Her solo debut, 2010′s The Trip, painfully dealt with the suicide of her sister. Silencio is less specific, but no less personal, exploring the connection between individuals and how they interact as part of a society built around commerce.
These are some weighty concepts, but Sadier delivers them through pop-friendly melodies. “Find Me The Pulse Of The Universe” is a perfect example, allowing Sadier to explore the notion in the song’s title while a light samba plays out underneath. Sadier’s voice is as ethereal as ever, but it displays a true warmth that only a musical veteran could conjure.