Telepaths is a curious beast, courtesy of The Kramford Look. The group clamber their way around various musics that sound like they belong in the dusty corners of decades past, animating them with a strange spirit and a strange twist of their own. CD or LP released by the suitably named label Wonderfulsound.
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7/10 Robin Staff review, 19 June 2015
If squelch was a genre then The Kramford Look would be its proponents. A crew of cartoon soundtrack composers without a cartoon to match their majestic nonsense to, they use ‘Telepaths’ as a chance to sound off anything they like. The synths sound like kazoos, the kazoos sound like kazoos, the drums sound like… drums. Which is fine: not everything has to sound like a kazoo. Strangely, it all revolves around a backdrop of lounge jazz that seems to justify all of the surrealism.
‘Telepaths’ will bring to mind artists as disparate in their approach to ambient pop as Boards of Canada, Woo and moog master Mort Garson; their sound is spacey, but it suggests that space is like a bedroom you need to clean up every now and then. Acoustic strums and a napping rhythm section are complemented with twinkling keys, faraway saxaphone and a whole arsenal of psychedelia -- measured in not in precision but in the constant change of sound and atmosphere.
The Kramford Look are a rare treat in that they can use keep the levels the same and still produce a wonderfully versatile collage of sound -- you can sit back and ease your mood into ‘Telepaths’, or you can have it changed a through times over the course of listening. Sometimes oxymorons are chilled out.
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