Cybele's Reverie

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Cybele's Reverie
EP by
Released19 February 1996
Stereolab chronology
Refried Ectoplasm: Switched on, Vol. 2
Cybele's Reverie
Emperor Tomato Ketchup
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 stars[1]

Cybele's Reverie is an EP by English-French rock band Stereolab, released on 19 February 1996 by Duophonic Records. Its title track serves as the lead single from their fourth studio album Emperor Tomato Ketchup. The four-track EP is the only one by Stereolab on which none of the songs are in English: the title track, "Brigitte", and "Young Lungs" are in French, and "Les Yper-Yper Sound" is an instrumental.

The title track was voted number eleven on John Peel's Festive Fifty for 1996.


"Cybele's Reverie" itself is an early fade of the album version, and "Les Yper-Yper Sound" is a radically different arrangement of the album track "Les Yper-Sound". "Brigitte" pays tribute to Brigitte Fontaine, whom the band would later collaborate with on the single "Caliméro".

Track listing[edit]

All tracks by Tim Gane, Laetitia Sadier

  1. "Cybele's Reverie" – 2:56
  2. "Les Yper-Yper Sound" – 5:19
  3. "Brigitte" – 5:45
  4. "Young Lungs" – 6:36


  • Mary Hansen – Vocals
  • Sally Herbert – Strings
  • Marcus Holdaway – Strings
  • John McEntire – Synthesizer, Maracas, Tambourine, Producer, Engineer, Vibraphone, Mixing, Electronic Devices
  • Sean O'Hagan – Organ, Piano (Electric), String Arrangements, Wurlitzer, Vox Organ
  • Stereolab – Producer, Mixing
  • Paul Tipler – Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Brad Wood – Saxophone


Chart (1996) Peak
UK Singles (OCC)[2] 62


  • "Cybele's Reverie [EP]". Stereolab. All Media Guide/All Music. Retrieved 2007-05-05.
  • "cybele's reverie". Stereolab Official Site. Stereolab. Archived from the original on 2001-07-09. Retrieved 2007-05-05.