Laetitia Sadier is, perhaps, one of indie rock’s greatest underrated treasures. In her previous band, the genre-busting Stereolab, she assisted in the mixing of 60s pop, 70s krautrock, post-rock, bossa nova, french pop, electronica, AND lounge music with surrealist and situationist inspired lyrics, creating a heady concoction in the process. If that sounds like a mess, Stereolab made it sound both easy and natural or challenging and difficult depending on their mood.

Since Stereolab’s dissolution after the unfortunate and untimely passing of fellow singer and guitarist Mary Hansen, Sadier has continued to refine said brew through a handful of thoughtful and intriguing solo albums. Now going under the moniker of the Laetitia Sadier Source Ensemble, she has assembled a crew made up of frequent and trusted collaborators Emmanuel Mario and Xavi Munoz, along with David Thayer on keys and flutes, Phil M FU on synths and electronics, Mason le Long on guitar, and Rob Mazurek on the coronet. Her latest release, Find Me Finding You, is a bit more ambitious in scope compared to previous solo albums while still staying true to Sadier’s unique songwriting sensibilities.

“Undying Love For Humanity”’s gentle bossanova sway is an immediate slide into familiar territory as a warm blanket of marimbas, hesitant synths, and soft percussion with careful confidence gel into a tight groove. Sadier’s bell-like voice shines through as soft fragments of glass – quivering at one moment, yet gliding around melodies effortlessly the next. Her voice is used to great effect throughout Find Me Finding You as a catalyst for both melodies and rhythms, as it is multiplied and sent to the moon and back as ambient waves.

Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor surprisingly slinks into “Love Captive”, forging a bond of gentle sighs with Sadier to the point where their voices run together so beautifully that they sound like one while harmonizing. The song’s sweet and slow balladry wonderfully ebbs and flows into a mess of malfunctioning synths and a blustery saxophone.

Rarely does Sadier lean into her more rock and krautrock inclinations, but a minute or so into “Psychology Active (Finding You)” and the Source Ensemble find their rock bearings with the catchiest riff of the album. It fuzzes around before falling off a cliff into a lumbering echo chamber of vocals before revving up once again and evolving into a space rock wash of synths and skronk guitars.

Find Me Finding You’s second half is in a near permanent state of blissed out dreams: “Reflectors” hazily rides a steadily strummed guitar around reverberated echoes of Sadier’s voice while “Committed”’s lo-fi balladry gently lulls itself into a serene sleep with washes of noise and ringing wah guitar chimes.

“Deep Background” continues the trend with a loungey-drum machine, subtle “doo-wops”, and warm synths before ending on the immortal, “what he says or does, doesn’t make a buzz/it just makes silence.” Sadier’s lyrics can sometimes get lost amidst the hum of synths and reverb, but she certainly makes an impression when they cut through.

“The Women With The Invisible Necklace” pops with a prominent bassline and hand-clapped percussion introduced with a “whoo,” but its never in a hurry as drums build up momentum into a steady yet brisk pace. “Sacred Project” is another deep lullaby – a woozy good-bye to the Source Ensemble’s world. For the impatient, the latter half of Find Me Finding You can be maddeningly slow, but Sadier’s voice undeniably lends itself to beatific atmospherics. Patience is well-rewarded as these songs gently waft into daydreams.

Find Me Finding You is not a major departure from Laetitia’s modus operandi, but her idiosyncratic songwriting is as captivating than ever before. Both on the surface and buried deep inside of it, there is much joy to gain.

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