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The Telescopes have been described by the British music press as ‘more a revolution of the psyche than a revolution of the sidewalk’; a thread consistent throughout a body of work spanning over 30 years. The Telescopes have constantly pushed at their own boundaries to unravel new pathways of existence, colouring outside the lines of all expectation to reach beyond the realm of natural vision.

With a legacy full of eureka moments, intravenously fed through a crack in the cosmic egg, The Telescopes invoke the kind of altered perceptions that time has shown not only withstand repeated listening, but reveal something new whenever one ventures into the depths of their highly influential artistry.

At the core of their being, The Telescopes are an all embracing concern, in every sense, a constant revolution of the psyche exploding endless spores of sound, carriers of warm transmissions seeped in aural innovation that spiral around ones inner receptors to induce a series of auditory illusions that completely immerse the listener in the grip of their own imagination.

The most revolutionary act we can all perform is to stand by our calling, to keep doing what we do, for the reasons we are conceived to do so, no matter what. Some call it ‘The New Weird’ but call it what you will, it is born of love. The Telescopes are one of the very few artists that are living proof that this revolutionary act is possible to evolve and sustain free from artistic corruption.

Songs Of Love And Revolution” is a solar burst of trance inducing rhythms gripped at the helm by a wall of throbbing bass held in place by a swarm of encircling guitars. Lashed to the mast of this whirling dervish, incantations abound to dispel what is bound. This is the 12th album by The Telescopes, music for a four-piece ensemble that will never sound the same twice in any given environment or to any set of ears.

The Telescopes Album: Songs Of Love And Revolution

When one door shuts, another one opens, as the old saying goes. In the case of the break-up of the band Allo Darlin’, one door closed and four solo careers began. Paul Rains is something of a omnipresent guitar wizard on the London-scene, Mikey Collins and Bill Botting have both shared solo offerings, and now, probably the most aniticipated next move of them all comes in the shape of Elva. A collaboration between Elizabeth Morris and Ola Innset, of the Norwegian band Making Marks, Elva are set to release their debut album in April, and have this week shared the first taste of it.

It’s hard not to compare the sound back to the pairs other projects, Elizabeth’s plaintive vocals remain as wonderfully comforting as ever, while Ola’s guitar work has us digging out that excellent Making Marks record from a few years back. For everything that stays the same though, something new comes along; there’s lush strings, country-licked drum arrangements, even what sounds suspiciously like an accordion. The record’s title, “Winter Sun”, feels hugely apt for Elva’s sound, Americana via Australia and Norway, there’s a warmth and a comfort to their sound, yet you feel there’s something darker lurking beneath. We can’t wait to see where Elva take us next.

Taken from upcoming album “Winter Sun”, out on Tapete Records on April 19th!

The Proper Ornaments have been through a lot together. Essentially hinging on the friendship between James Hoare (also of Ultimate Painting/Veronica Falls) and Max Claps (Toy), the pair’s second album was largely an escape from drug issues and mental health problems.

Emerging from this, subsequent sessions took on a brighter, more upbeat hue, with a gentle, uplifting energy permeating their music. New album ‘6 Lenins’ is the result. Out on April 5th via Tapete Records, it was recorded at James‘ flat on a newly installed 16 track Studer machine.

“We started writing new songs in the summer. I was in bed recovering from hepatitis and very broken and tired so couldn’t do anything else apart from playing guitar,” says Max, “and the songs slowly started to appear. In August we realised we had five new songs each and free time, so we decided to record them. The actual recording only took two weeks and it was considerably easier than our previous recordings.”

Stripped from the LP, ‘Song For John Lennon’ is a curious return, with its warm tones seeming to envelope you from every side. A tip of the cap to the titular Beatle, ‘Song For John Lennon’ oozes out of the speakers like aural honey; completely addictive.


releases April 5th, 2019

2019 Tapete Records

Robert Forster.

Look at the liner notes to any record by The Go-Betweens, and every song is co-credited “R. Forster/G. McLennan.” Perhaps it was out of mutual respect, perhaps it was out of creative solidarity, but as with “Lennon/McCartney,” fans of the Australian rock band could always tell who wrote what song; Grant McLennan and Robert Forster‘s distinct songwriting, vocal and guitar personalities were always on full display. The former’s songs were lush and sensitive, the latter’s concise and politely biting, but as superfan Carrie Brownstein noted, “Before The Go-Betweens, I never thought that delicacy could wield sharp knives.”

When Forster released The Evangelist in 2008, his longtime bandmate had died two years earlier. There was a quiet sadness to that lovely record, one that not only meditated on his Go-Betweens cohort but also paid tribute with some of his unused lyrics and melodies. It’s been seven years since then, and Forster has been no less busy producing records, making a compelling go of it as a music journalist and critic , and orchestrating the first volume of G Is For Go-Betweens, an anthology set exhaustive in its demos, archival material and Forster’s own recollections spanning a fruitful period from 1978 to 1984.

Sounding energized by his younger band, which features members of The John Steel Singers, Songs To Play is Forster’s most diverse and playful solo record. At times, it’s also the most Go-Betweens-y record Forster’s ever made under his own name. In the opening track, “Learn To Burn,” a mid-tempo, hip-swaying strut and a crisp guitar riff help mark it as a sort of throwback to those first singles from the late ’70s, when Forster unapologetically worshiped The Velvet Underground and was still figuring out how to get a song from A to B. But as much as “Learn To Burn” keeps a clean-cut rhythm going, Karin Baumler (Forster’s longtime musical and life partner) draws out the melody on violin, giving the instrumental break a through-line before a cheeky, Chuck berry duck-walking, style solo. After seven years away, Robert Forster’s still got that mile-wide grin, assured by his opening line: “Time’s a signal and you wait for changes / The problem is you know I got no patience.”


Songs To Play comes out Sept. 18 on Tapete.

The Telescopes - Hidden Fields

The Telescopes have announced details of their eighth studio album ‘Hidden Fields’.

The album is released by Tapete Records on August 7th including the epic 15 minute ‘The Living Things’.
‘Hidden Fields’ sees the band take a more song-based approach sounding closer to their roots. The full tracklisting for is:
You Know The Way
In Every Sense
Don’t Bring Me Round
The Living Things

You can hear samples of three tracks below, alternatively the album is now available to pre-order on iTunes with samples of all of the tracks to hear.