Stereolab Share Unearthered, Alternative Version of 1994's "Wow and Flutter"

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Jasmine Albertson
photo by Steve Double

On the heels of February’s announcement that Stereolab would be reissuing all seven of their original Elektra studio albums as well as embarking on a massive international tour, the legendary band has shared “Wow and Flutter [7” / EP Version – Alternative Mix]” from the forthcoming Mars Audiac Quintet reissue.

The record is one of the first to reissued this year, alongside 1993’s Transient Random-Noise Bursts With Announcement on May 3 via Warp Records / Duophonic UHF Disks. The track shared today is an unearthed alternative version of 1994’s “Wow and Flutter.” Stereolab co-founder Tim Gane had this to say about the song in a statement:

"In some ways, I consider this the beginning of the 2nd phase of the Lab, it’s the kind of treatment we should have given 'Outer Accelerator,' to get it to the next level. It’s definitely the approach that we would take on many of our later records."

Expanded and re-mastered editions of the five other records in Stereolab’s catalog will be out in August and November. Initial editions of each album will be pressed onto triple clear vinyl with an exclusive poster and insert featuring sleeve notes by Gane. They will also include a lottery style scratch card with a chance to win a limited edition 12" EP. The band has also produced a super limited vinyl edition of 500 clear vinyl copies and 250 CDs – each will have a numbered obi band made from two-inch 24 track Stereolab master tape, only available from the Stereolab website.

Stereolab’s tour will kick off on May 30 in Brussels with a stop in Seattle on Tuesday, Oct. 15 at the Showbox.

Listen to “Wow and Flutter [7” / EP Version – Alternative Mix]” and watch the original video for “Wow and Flutter,” unearthed today by the band, below.




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