6 more tracks of distorted noise and out there shoegaze from Stephen Lawrie's now pretty legendary thirty year old project. This time it's a bunch of racket and improvisation exploring 'Stone Tape Theory whereby inanimate objects can absorb energy from living beings. 'Scuse me while I go shout at my sausages.
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Drone drone drone. The Telescopes have had the sort of career that its difficult to draw on a map. They were once pretty popular shoegazers and we all remember the time they went a bit jazzy. But over the last few years they have been making the sort of very noisy drone music that could appeal to fans of anyone from Spacemen 3 to Sunn O. Here they make a short album of trance like guitar figures where if you use more than two chords you get shot at. Stephen Lawrie (as it is he doing most of this) is getting pretty expert at finding new ways to make noise.
Stone Tape continues a path through the murk and sonic drizzle they sifted through on 'A Light Return'. The tracks have a mantra-ish quality of slow moving guitars and exhausted beats whilst Lawrie mumbles on top - just out of earshot. Tracks like 'The Desert In Your Heart' sound like a severely stoned the Brian Jonestown Massacre crawling their way through some sonic filth whilst 'Silent Water' shows that they aren't done with melody yet. This is a sun dappled sparkle in an album full of clouds but is much welcome particularly as it comes straight after the ..um.. challenging detritus of 'Everything Must Be'.
Whilst many long running bands are content to play their hits or make sound-a-like new albums, the Telescopes are still out there in the wilderness still tweaking and experimenting. Long may they continue.
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