Seeking out the art of the perfect pop song, Teleman’s second album Brilliant Sanity captures some of the joy that went into the creation of the music. Well honed and impeccably played, featuring the four piece, with brothers Tommy and Johnny on vocals, guitar and synth drummer Hiro Amamiya and Pete Cattermoul on bass. On vinyl and CD.
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Hands up who wants a fantastic pop LP for the summer months? Well my hands are right up in the aor and I’m hoping this Teleman album will do the trick. It’s one of those albums that just sounds instantly good from the get go and has some moments that are strangely familiar on first listen. The perfect recipe for earworm pop - naggingly familiar but not. How do they do it? Who knows.
For the uninitiated Teleman are a krauty pop group that sound a bit like Blur, Metronomy and Stereolab all rolled into one being. The funny thing is - apart from cracking opener ‘Dusseldorf’ they don’t necessarily front load the album with pop hits, the title track for example is a slow burning electronic thing - catchy yes, dance floor filling? - perhaps not. Taking it’s time, there are in fact a lot of lovely ballads here ‘Canvas Shoe’ is particularly nice, sounding like Broadcast if they were re-incarnated as a bunch of London accountants adding the sort of chorus Damon Albarn would kill for…deep within the English songwriting just the suggestion of Madness. It is later in the album where the realm pop fun starts:- ’Tangerine’ is a dangerously catchy slab of fuzz pop, ‘Melrose’ sounds like a massive the Cardiacs ballad. In fact the last five tracks are all superb with hooks galore why they left it so late is anyone's guess but you exit the album grinning from ear to ear.
If anything holds Teleman back it’s the fact that there songs take a little while too get to their golden moments, not good for that 30 sec phone play but for listeners with more than a 5 second attention span this is a great album. Full of good bits.
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