U.K. pop experimentalists Stereolab will release a new album, "Sound-Dust," Sept. 3 internationally via the group's own Duophonic label and Aug. 28 in North America on Elektra. The 12-track album does

U.K. pop experimentalists Stereolab will release a new album, "Sound-Dust," Sept. 3 internationally via the group's own Duophonic label and Aug. 28 in North America on Elektra. The 12-track album does not feature longtime member Morgan Lhote, who left the group to work on her own music. Frequent collaborators John McEntire and Jim O'Rourke served as producers.

Asked to describe the sound of the album, McEntire tells Billboard.com, "It's definitely different. It's more intricate, in a way. The structures of the songs are pretty complex in some cases, and we're trying to go for a little different palette of sounds."

According to Elektra, the set "has a more approachable and more upbeat sound that shifts back towards the warmer tones and more melodic textures of their earlier albums 'Dots and Loops' and 'Emperor Tomato Ketchup,' although it does demonstrate a darker and more impressionistic side as well."

McEntire has co-produced and played on Stereolab's past three Elektra studio albums, including 1999's "Cobra and Phases Group Play Voltage in the Milky Night," which peaked at No. 8 on Billboard's Heatseekers chart.

In the U.K., the new album, which will also be issued on limited-edition vinyl, will be preceded by a four-song EP, "Captain Easychord." To support the set, Stereolab will tour North America, beginning with an appearance at the inaugural U.S. edition of the All Tomorrow's Parties Festival in Los Angeles. The event, set for Oct. 19-20, is being curated by Sonic Youth, with whom Stereolab toured in the spring of 2000. A U.K. tour will begin in December.

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