For the Telescopes Stephen Lawrie the familiar nostalgia circuit. He could, if wanted, get out on the road and play the shoegaze classics from the first couple of albums but no, this singular artist continues to stretch out into unknown waters. This new album features oscillating noise, feedback and out there detachment straddling the line between noise based songcraft and freeform impressionism
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I'm just working off a few snippets but I thought I'd tell you a bit about the new the Telescopes album. They are certainly a band that do what the hell they like and any fans of 90s indie who saw them at the Gigantic all dayer in 2016 would hopefully be left clutching their ears in despair. The band started making their nihilistic shoegaze around the same time as My Bloody Valentine but after splitting and regrouping several times they are still making the sort of music that makes 'Psychocandy' sound like Daughter. It's fucking terrifying shoegaze ladled with feedback but it's a lot more poppy and listenable thatn I was led to believe. Opener 'You Can't Reach For Your Hunger' is what the Jesus and Mary Chain comeback album should have sounded like. 'Something in My Brain' is like distorted drizzle - layers of guitars teeming down over drowned out drums and pulsating melodic bass. The experimental bent shown on their most recent recordings and live shows re-appears on the distorted buzz of 'Handful of Ashes' that delves deep into drone improve with the all important guitars still squealing away.
So far then so good. In an era where shoegaze has become as non threatening as the latest Take That, 'As Light Return' truly scares. It takes me back to when I was actually frightened by My Bloody Valentine 'Feed Me With Your Kiss'. Gruesome.
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