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'Exploding Head Syndrome'   

-  Label: 'Tapete'
-  Genre: 'Rock' -  Release Date: '1st February 2019'

Our Rating:
This is The Telescopes third album for Tapete and it sees them continue to drill down into their sound and prove why they are such a class act.

This is a band that know exactly who they are, what they want to sound like and more importantly, how to achieve it. To me this is dub music, or more precisely dub-drone. Dub shot through with electronic distortion and mesmeric guitar. The use of organ adds a warmth and depth to these trance induced visions which may or may not be verbalised by the mumbled vocals.

"Don't Place Your Happiness In The Hands Of Another" distils these elements perfectly. The album as a whole subtly builds (albeit slowly) from beginning to end. From melodic opener "All The Way Around" to the stoner drone of "You Were Never Here", through to "I Know You've Got Something Inside (Driving You Crazy)" with its motorcycle loop-de-loop insistence.

This is an album that doesn't engulf you so much as envelop you in some kind of gooey anaesthetic. The album closes with "Why Are We Doing This To Each Other?" which may or may not be the whole point of the exercise? Kafkaesque hypnotic rock. Know this band, own this band, love this band.
  author: Leo Newbiggin

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