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THE TELESCOPES – Auditory Illusions (Double Agent CD)

Posted: May 7th, 2006, by Simon Minter

Flying and Yeah on this CD are reinventions of tracks from The Telescopes’ awesome eponymous album from ’94. They’ve been given the full at-one-with-nature, multi-instrument treatment that reflects the band’s live shows of late; the vaguely recognisable and vaguely audible hints of melody and lyrics from the originals are swathed in rich drones and soothingly tribal rhythms. Sharing the intense depth of sound that is evident in outfits like Sunroof! and Six Organs of Admittance, the 21st century Telescopes have taken that blissful, stoned shoegazer style and smeared it into a naturalistic, anything-goes modern world music. The sounds of making music – scratched strings, random clicks and pops – blend with the music itself to create a whole that is beautiful and precise whilst seeming utterly handmade and fresh. It’s proper ‘head’ music, psychedelic to the core and incredibly rich in content.

The Telescopes
Double Agent

ps. Yes, I am somewhat biased as I have released a Telescopes record myself. However I assure you that my journalistic integrity remains intact.

pps. Relive those blissful, stoned shoegazer days with a selection of classic videos!

Simon Minter

Simon joined diskant after falling on his head from a great height. A diskant legend in his own lifetime Simon has risen up the ranks through a mixture of foolhardiness and wit. When not breaking musical barriers with top pop combo Sunnyvale Noise Sub-element or releasing records in preposterously exciting packaging he relaxes by looking like Steve Albini.


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