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Here's a Stereolab cover, another single that was started in the dark winter of 2016-17 and brought to completion during the pandemic. With its refrain of "La Résistance!" I've always appreciated the song as a forthright anti-fascist dance anthem: a call to fight collectively for a more beautiful world. In early 2017 that call felt especially potent. In the spring of 2020, its opening line "though this world's essentially an absurd place to live in, it doesn't call for bubble withdrawal" became even more resonant. The summer's racial justice uprisings brought extra depth to "well I say there are still things worth fighting for." Stereolab's original versions are perfect to me, and I had to talk myself into producing another take on the tune. I hope this cover is a worthy alternate expression. It's much slower, with many more layers of sound. It's a lot murkier and sadder, hashtag 2020.
October 2, 2020
Song by Tim Gane and Laetitia Sadier, originally produced and performed by Stereolab.
released October 2, 2020
Kent Lambert: programming, synths, electric guitar, vocals. Gillian Lisée: bass guitar, vocals. Sam Wagster: electric and pedal steel guitars. Additional synths by Nick Broste.
Mixed by Nick Broste and Kent Lambert.
Mastered by Nick Broste.
Recorded and mixed sporadically in Chicago, IL, January 2017 through September 2020.
Artwork by Dean Rank.
Roommate began as a Kent Lambert solo project in NYC in 2000 and has been an ever-mutating Chicago band since 2004. The
band's 2015 album MAKE LIKE was described by [sic] magazine's Tim Clarke as "astute, economical, meticulously performed and produced, and deeply affecting, both lyrically and musically."...more