Video: Laetitia Sadier, "The Rule of the Game"

Laetitia Sadier, the taut and ivy-like French voice of Stereolab, returned this summer with her second solo album, Silencio, since the band's indefinite hiatus. "The Rule of the Game," that album's opening track, is overtly political, blaming a neglectful and overindulgent ruling class for the rise of fascism, but the visuals don't hammer the point too aggressively. Directed by Marie Merlet, of Sadier's other notable group Monade, and filmed with a cheap 35mm camera, the video features synchronized swimmers and a bathing Sadier in a red swimming cap—hints of a socialist alternative, with all working together on a budget, but only subtly. It's provocative but, like Sadier's voice, soothing. Silencio is out now via Drag City.

Tour Dates:
Sat 09/15/12 Chicago, IL - Schuba's
Sun 09/16/12 Pontiac, MI - Pike Room at Crofoot
Tue 09/18/12 Toronto, ON - Drake Hotel
Wed 09/19/12 Montreal, QC - Pop Montreal Festival
Thu 09/20/12 Cambridge, MA - Middle East Cafe
Fri 09/21/12 New York, NY - Mercury Lounge
Sat 09/22/12 Brooklyn, NY - Knitting Factory
Sun 09/23/12 Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brenda's
Tue 09/25/12 Washington, DC - DC9
Wed 09/26/12 Pittsburgh, PA - Thunderbird Cafe
Thu 09/27/12 Cincinnati, OH - Midpoint Music Festival
Fri 09/28/12 Urbana, IL - Pygmalion Music Festival
Sat 09/29/12 Madison, WI - University of Wisconsin
Sun 09/30/12 Minneapolis, MN - 400 Bar
Wed 10/03/12 Seattle, WA - Barboza
Thu 10/04/12 Portland, OR - Bunk Bar
Fri 10/05/12 San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
Sat 10/06/12 Los Angeles, CA - Culture Collide Festival
Wed 10/10/12 Denver, CO - Hi-Dive
Thu. 10/11/12 Lincoln, NE @ Lincoln Calling Music Festival

Video: Laetitia Sadier, "The Rule of the Game"