Boomkat Product Review:
Europa 51 is an excellent new project from Stereolab-ers Andy Ramsay and Simon Johns with musical compadre Steve Russell and a host of guests including the late Mary Hansen of Stereolab on vocals. The team also includes Marcus Holdaway, John Bennett and Dominic Murcott from the excellent High Llama’s. Also features Dominic Jeffery of Stereolab who also plays in legendary songwriter Lee Hazelwood’s touring band, jazz bass player Simon Thorpe who has worked with Carlene Anderson and Bobby Wellins, and classical harpist Celine Saout. Guy Fixsen from Laika mixed the final recordings. And the result, as you would expect, is something like Sun Ra meets Stereolab (who else!?) at a folk convention, or Van Dyke Parks producing The Incredible String Band. The multimedia CD contains the twenty-five minute short film "Top Ten of Everything" by the film production company Shapeshifter featuring the original score by Europa 51.