Telegrams – Telegrams EP (Unsigned) 14/12/09

January 19, 2010 by  

If you?ve been following Addict from our humble beginnings through to our present as Colossi standing astride the music world, you will remember that we?ve always had a bit of a soft spot for Telegrams. As well as being accomplished musicians, they are very nice people indeed, and indicative of many of those unstable souls who work hard to move forward as a band as well as having to participate in ?the real world?.

Finally, to our delight, Telegrams have finished production on their debut extended EP. And it was well worth the wait. The self-titled effort is a perfect example of the kind of charged, moving and at times haunting music that can be made without elaborate production techniques and a large number of session musicians.

Julian Guidetti, (Vocals, Guitar), Alex Lewis, (Keys, Synth), Adam Lewis, (Bass, Laptop) and Ben Cowper (Percussion), combine to make music that is quite frankly beautiful. At least one of them is an architecture student, (I can never remember which, sorry!) and you can hear the influence that this has on the band.

Their sound is simple, never bombarding you with too many jarring elements. Their particular brand of genius lies in their impeccable sense of timing. Whether highlighting Guidetti?s endearingly vulnerable voice, a delicately picked guitar riff, soaring synthesizers or a particularly compelling percussive moment, Telegrams show an unerring ability to introduce and blend each element to its fullest effect.

Opener ?The Real Thing? starts slowly, gradually fading in a muffled beat, before bursting into life with a lively keyboard melody over an almost UNKLE-esque beat. Guidetti?s vocals are low key, almost subdued, as they will be for most of what is to come. Not the best song on the album, it is a good introduction to the Telegrams way.

?We Could Be Raindrops? is the EP?s stand out moment. The guitar melodies are plucked hard, almost adding another later of percussion. The band describe their style as ?accoustic noodlings?, but in this track they are tight and directed, adding a layer of sweetness that offsets the pleasant melancholy of the vocals. The energetic drums deserve another mention here too, the irregular beat seeming to make the simple keyboards seem more meaningful.

?Make It All Stand Still? seems to have a more folkish tinge, and is perhaps the most ambitious song on display. It alternates between sparse yet warm verses, and breakdowns filled with layered melodies and the ever-present beat. The only complaint is that it seems to stop all too soon after reaching its peak.

?Woodland Nights? has its plus and minus points. It is at this point that Guidetti?s delivery threatens to start sounding a little limited. However, in another laudable display of self-awareness, the song delicately shifts focus and pace often. At time the attention is drawn to a change of key in the background, at others the strummed banjo or eukelele takes to the fore. And at 4 minutes in, when you expect proceedings to be drawing to a close, a harsh electronic beat kicks in for another go-around, adding an urgency that wasn?t there before.

All in all, Telegrams have produced a memorable, endearing and skilfully sculpted piece of sonic art. We can only hope that such talent and commitment will gain some label interest in the near future.

Those who wish for a departure from the 80?s revival outfits and indie-electro outfits that adorn the front pages of the NME need look no further. We introduce to you once more your new favourite band.

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