Today sees the release of the debut album from Stereolab offshoot Cavern of Anti-Matter, Void Beats / Invocation Trex. The 12-track effort is available for Spotify users to stream below, while Apple Music users can find it here.
Cavern of Anti-Matter is the project of Stereolab frontman Tim Gane, who brought together bandmate/drummer Joe Dilworth and German electronic whiz Holger Zapf. Though most of the songs on the album feature only the trio, they did call for some outside help in the form of Deerhunter’s Bradford Cox, Spacemen 3’s Sonic Boom, and Mouse on Mars’ Jan St. Werner.
As Gane told The Quietus, bringing Stereolab to a halt allowed his songwriting to grow in new, natural ways. “My natural tendency was to make it much more abstract, but then again that was not the Stereolab sound and you get all this weight of your past pressing down on you,” he explained. “So, for me, what’s free about Cavern of Anti-Matter is no one has any expectations about it; in fact, I’d prefer if people didn’t even know I was in another band! Which is silly to say and almost impossible to achieve but I really don’t want people to look at this and reference what I’ve done before as that sets up another whole bunch of parameters.”
Take a listen to Void Beats / Invocation Trex below, and read Adam Kivel’s review here.