"O"
Numero 0

THE TELESCOPES
# 4

[Antenna Records, www.antennarecords.com]


I'm not sure what the French duo known as "O" is trying to accomplish on their new release "Numero 0"? Could it be a showcase of their minimal approach to improvisation? Could it be that they love restrained noise and glitches that are slow and thought out? Could it be that this was just an experiment in sound? What they do have to offer are sparse and minimal, often glitchy guitar drones. Not all of the brief tracks evolve around a drone. In fact, most of them are just stop-and-go, on-off bursts of what seems like random noise [though this is something that must have been talked over previously in the studio]. They call themselves "orchestra non orchestra", which I suppose means that two people are able to do what an entire orchestra usually accomplishes. The overall effect is quite good. In fact, I think "O" is actually going for the final atmospheric effect, rather than individual momentary aural satisfaction. Gentle guitar strumming accompanied by bursts of noise can work in fact, if it's done well. Here, I'm afraid; "O" is getting started at their craft. Unfortunately, too much of the recording feels like doodling without real aim.

I remember The Telescopes as a band in the late 80's that were signed to Creation Records, who somehow to me felt like a part of that shoe-gazing scene [how many of those bands are still in existence now?]. I remember them for their excellent "I'll Follow You Down" single and that was about it. Lights have dimmed. Time flew by but surprisingly The Telescopes are still around. This time though, they're in pursuit not of the tops of their sneakers but of the perfect drone. Recorded at various performances between 2002 and 2004, their latest release "# 4" features lots of fuzzy sounds and plenty of drone-inducing, head-spinning effects make it on to this record. In places, a trombone is heard [barely audible] buried underneath the rubble of guitar sound. What this band is great at doing is spreading out an even sheet of a drone. It's consistent. It's warm and most of all, it's somehow inviting. Whatever primal vocals are present are buried deep in the mix. Their fury is constant which doesn't detract from the overall feel of the record. My only regret is the record lasts a mere 50 minutes. I could bury my head in this sort of caressing fuzzy mix for much, much longer.

- Tom Sekowski


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