At the same time as they prep a 30th anniversary re-issue of their debut Taste, the indefatigable psychedelic rock act The Telescopes look to the future, announcing a new 12” single ‘Strange Waves’ - backed with another newbie, ‘The Speaking Stones’ - on top of a new studio album for 2019, Exploding Head Syndrome.
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Deluxe 180g vinyl 12" EP on Fuzz Club. Edition of 300 copies with etched B-side.
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My usual approach to writing about things on Fuzz Club record is to review them on their own terms. What I’m looking for you see, is whether or not the music can be said to be “fuzzy”. And that’s it. And to cut a long story short, ‘Strange Waves’, is very fuzzy.
The EP coincides with the thirtieth anniversary of the Telescopes, Stephen Lawrie’s impossibly loud psych-rock apparatus and sees the band in fine form. The title track sounds like something straight off an early Loop album, built as it is on perfectly tight drumming and an oscillating two note bass line. These are joined by a churning organ, and of course, guitars. Guitars who are mostly content to join the bass line in its chug, but can kick off to distorted fuzzy noise heaven.
The more interesting of the two tracks though, is ‘The Speaking Stones’, a fourteen minute exploration of drone, noise, and yes, fuzz. It’s a worthy counterpoint to ‘Strange Waves’, as it offers us the space to really savour this part of Lawrie’s musicianship. On ‘Strange Waves’ these elements are really there to offer a cathartic climax, and most of their value comes from the pure shock value. Rendered more gently, we can enjoy the guitar tone, the organs hum, the feel of a drumstick hitting a cymbal. The piece builds and builds before finally fading out. You can breathe now.
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