As far as surprises go, Teleskopes take the cake. They are a relatively unknown band quickly starting to turn heads with insatiable vocal melodies and up-tempo music with a few psychedelic elements thrown in for good measure. After listening to the debut EP called For The Living (ironically, the band’s original name was Telescopes For The Living), it’s certain that as long as they stay around, they will make an impact on the music scene.
If I could describe this EP in one word, it would be beautiful. Recently in the L.A. and Hollywood music scenes they have gained a reputation as a mesmerizing live act. “Release Your Mind” could not have been more appropriately titled and serves as the awesome opener. It features soft and subtle riffs that echo in a Sainthood Reps-esque fashion, but a lot less aggressive. The vocals are captivating in the sense that they make you feel every word that comes out of singer Fox Fagan.
Changing up the pace just a bit, “Private Michael” is a real easygoing track. Simple bass and drum line with a random assortment of guitars start off the track, which then melds into a really catchy, radio-ready chorus line. When the chorus line hits, it sounds like two completely different songs altogether. I would have loved to see them build off of the verse and bridge sections as one song and build the chorus into an all new song.
This EP isn’t half bad and is sure to gain a lot of fans. It’s really adventurous and experimental with familiar sounds and not-so-familiar sounds. If you’re a fan of rock or indie music, this EP is a must listen. This is another excellent example of refined and finessed, yet unbridled energy.