recorded august 2006.
originally released as a 7" on trensmat. 2007. tr008.
More fuzz-drone, noise from Bridget and Stephen, almost sold out as I write, this is a limited edition 7" on blue vinyl with added bonus of a cd that contains both tracks and a quicktime movie entitled 'Phase Kenesis'. Turn the volume up on this one to reveal the latent textures inherent in such noise based projects.
We've long been fans of the Telescopes, a veritable UK institution. A long running blissed out space rock outfit as adept at crafting dreamy billowy drone rock epics as they are spewing huge gobs of caustic guitarnoise and wild psychedelic freakouts. This ultra limited 7", in Trensmat's ongoing series of eps, finds the band dabbling in the latter. Two tracks of crumbling slowly decaying space rock ambience, washed out guitars, streaks of glittering feedback, rumbling drones, coruscating white noise guitar buzz, blurred disembodied chordal bliss and crunch slabs of fuzzy distortion, all stretched out into mesmerizing sprawls of dreamlike psychedelic space drone. Heavy and dense, noisy and divine!
’Another whip’ is uneasy, dark and brooding, a molten black hole of aural manipulations and frequency warped zoned out drone that we’d like to bet if we could grab hold of a hi-fi that whacked out the turntable at 78rpm then we’d lay claim to discovering some wickedly frazzled west coast pop thrill seeker. Instead like some eerie incantation uttered by lost souls onboard the death racked sail boat of the fabled ferryman this esoteric shower of fog bound obliqueness ominously whirrs away, it’s psychedelic concrete done to its darkest and most extreme replete with disenfranchised fragments of forgotten melodies with waveform communications shrilling through the ether. Best played in daylight with the lights all on.
Those thinking its gets any easier on the flip side - then think on - the Telescopes these days don’t do playful. ’the blue shroud of Alcatraz’ takes the whole noise induced meditative states to new heights, reminiscent at varying points to Saddar Bazaar, this is a mind numbing odyssey of strobe shot feedback that pulsates, ebbs and flows pushing the sonic matrix to points of fatiguing meltdown wherein the ears can just make out the criss-crossing babble of chatter similar in effect to something passing at high speed across your viewpoint with the brain reconstituting and relaying the image as a blur to without provide lasting evidence that in Hayden and Lawrie we have two of the leading alchemists of sound mapping out the distant and alien worlds to be found occupying pop unknown micro verse.
Another amazing single by the revived Telescopes. This is a chittering shrapnel-filled chunk of guitar/viola drone and skreek with a gorgeous sleeve by the legendary Lauren Naylor. The new version of this outfit has been consistently spectacular - a smart and exciting blend of classic rock-drone and free rock scramble.
released December 6, 2012
all instruments bridget hayden + stephen lawrie.
composed by bridget hayden & stephen lawrie
artwork by lauren naylor.
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