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Tapete Records

Released: 05.02.21







Let the wave immerse you: a sonic miasma; a slow burning brew; an unforgiving, unrelenting, repetition. A drone march from the dark side. After 31 years the twelfth album from English psychedelic noise band The Telescopes is a creeping, seeping, weeping classic. Velvet Underground, Suicide, Stooges and Wire-esque for comparison’s sake.

Featuring almost whispered vocals, trapped in the mix of doomy, bass-driven riffs, violently invaded by blistering animalistic outbursts of twisted, distorted, white metal guitar. A leper bell beat and wailing guitar on dark, dank all-consuming, desperation You’re Never Alone With Despair. The euphoria of the sudden swarm of guitar of the title track nudges a slightly different rhythm and tempo into This Train which keeps on rolling and roiling, on and on. Be mesmerised.


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