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Review: 'Telescopes, The'
'Of Tomorrow'   

-  Genre: 'Indie' -  Release Date: '19.5.23.'-  Catalogue No: 'TR531'

Our Rating:
Of Tomorrow is the 15th album by The Telescopes, like several of the band's recent albums, this is really a solo album by the bands main man Stephen Lawrie, who writes sings and plays everything, the only outside help comes from Colin Tucker who mastered the record and Tapete Records who are releasing it.

The album opens with Butterfly that does ululate and quaver like Butterfly wings fluttering across the speakers, but with a bit of a Spirit In The Sky style beat beneath it and the somnambulant vocals of Stephen Lawrie wrapping themselves around your ears against the insistent organ.

Everything Belongs is deeply laid back slow evocative song about Stephen's deepest feelings, how they affect him.

Where Do We Begin? Well for this song it was the first single from the album, as the beats and deep throbbing bass keep up their steady beat questions are asked as that eternal question gets asked and might even get answered.

Only Lovers Know was apparently written as it was recorded, as Stephen croons of his love as the organ swirls and the gentle percussion beats steadily along, this has the feel of Mazzy Star with a deeply sonorous male vocalist, it's downbeat yet wonderfully romantic at the same time.

The Other Side almost feels like he's calling you from The Other Side, as the guitars start to squall, you may get the impression he's enlisted the help of Spacemen 3, who are experts on this particular journey, so let Stephen take you for a ride.

Under Starlight feels like early Spiritualized before Jason started adding a hundred layers to everything, this has a gentle organ for Stephen too slowly enunciate over with lyrics that recall Joy Division and Tindersticks.

The album closes with Down By The Sea that isn't a jolly jaunt in a charabanc, more like an impending sense of doom, as that terrible storm is about to inundate the coast, no matter how much Stephen implores you to hold his hand and walk along the beach with him, as the shuffling percussion and fine organ keeps the pace funereal dreamy yet strangely serene.

Find out more at https://shop.tapeterecords.com/the-telescopes-of-tomorrow-3829 https://thetelescopes.bandcamp.com/album/of-tomorrow?label=892897274&tab=music https://www.facebook.com/thetelescopesuk

  author: simonovitch

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