Boomkat Product Review:
By day she is mild mannered Laetitia Sadier; front-woman for electro-popsters Stereolab, but by night she dons her cape and steps out into the Gaelic mist as Monade, proudly brandishing her first full album 'A Few Steps More' to all who dare stand in her path. Comprised of richly filtered, Gaelic guitar music, 'A Few Steps More' is a distinct move away from the DIY stylings of debut release 'The Bedroom Recordings', with Monade now a fully fledged band as opposed to a multi-instrumental solo work. Opening with 'Wash and Dance', what starts off as a tempered, almost languid take on Parisian tarnished grandeur, soon develops a locomotive urgency over which Sadier delivers her caliginous, instantly recognisable vocals. Following on from this is the bright and colourful title track, which marries a Metronome rhythm to some grubby Accordions whilst 'La Salle Des Pas Perdus' manages to get away with a load of kids supplementing Sadier's breathy vocals. Undoubtedly the standout track is 'Paradoxale' with it's alliteration pleasing trio of Hammonds, horns and haunting vocals all conspiring together to create an intoxicating blend of understated musical verbosity. Viva la Monade!