Dance Mother CD
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If you believe the industry buzz, Telepathe are two self-styled 'effortlessly cool' Brooklyn babes making groundbreaking electro tunes which mix anything from poetry to vintage synths. In truth, all their debut album Dance Mother proves is that there definitely is such a thing as 'too cool'.
Melissa Livaudais and Busy Gangnes share a US label with Little Boots, a merchandise designer with Simian Mobile Disco and are so darn hot they don't even have a Wikipedia entry to their name! thus far. But it's not enough - this album simply isn't worthy of the hysterical plaudits being thrown at it.
It's not that there isn't promise; Telepathe are clearly talented, know how to get themselves noticed and aren't exactly hard on the eye either. It's just that the promise is a teeny bit overshadowed by the surrounding frenzy.
Album opener So Fire is a positive start - short sweet electro pop, full of breathy ''oh's'' and squelchy synths. Lights Go Down has hints of Goldfrapp at her most sinister. Drugged is choral and uplifting and Michael may just be the track responsible for kicking off the hype in the first place.
But Chrome's On It is a mess, saved only by catchy staccato phrase repetition. And even that starts to sound childish after a while (read tiresome, immature rather than prodigious, brilliant). Elsewhere, Can't Stand It never gets off the ground and Devil's Trident is totally unmemorable, even after several listens.
Dance Mother has been called 'one of this year's great electronic albums'. It's a bit early to be making statements like that - both in 2009 and in the story of Telepathe. Capable of making one of the great electronic albums of the 2010s? Definitely. They just need to do something very uncool first - try harder. --Sophie Bruce
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Top Customer Reviews
The tracks are too cool to break a sweat, indicating the likelihood of a static live show full of knowing nods, rather than the freaky dancing, which, in truth, could accompany this show, given the right drugs of course. And the album is rooted in the druggy. Its trance-like qualities come from slow rhythms, which pulse rather than shimmer.
Early highlight `Trilogy: Breath Of Life' induces an out-of-body-experience with its beats that recall Moloko circa `Tight Sweater', and its otherworldly `oohs' and `aahs'. But Telepathe are more than like listening to the crowd at a firework display.
It is in the restraint that they find beauty. The best writers know that less is often more and any lengthy wig-out would here seem flabby. This is a tight, but lazy sounding album and that is its art.
The detractions come in the lack of memorable tracks, rather, there are just memorable moments, certain twists and extracts are well executed, but few tracks see that promise through to a meaningful conclusion. With a brutally honest condensing of the album, there would be a great EP's worth of material, which over album has been spun out with tribal-trance electronica against an ambient-techno backdrop.
`Michael' is all drum-machine and effortless guitar-riff. It recalls the Joy Formidable in its hypnotic vocal cadence and loop, which peculiarly point the track in the direction of alt. pop. Gang Gang Dance are a valid comparison at this point.Read more ›