"Like Lee Hazelwood sleepwalking through a guest spot with The Cure circa Faith": The Telescopes' Growing Eyes Becoming String

Growing Eyes Becoming String is the 16th album from psychedelic shoegaze veterans The Telescopes

The Telescopes: Growing Eyes Becoming String cover art
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While they have explored different influences at times across 15 previous albums since their emergence on the late 80s shoegazing scene, it’s hard to imagine a more archetypal album from Stephen Lawrie’s mob than Growing Eyes Becoming String (although their titles certainly improve with age). 

As it turns out, it’s a set of songs recovered from sessions in 2013, but its colours could hardly be more firmly nailed to the traditional psych-rock mast: the sleeve even has the third-eye pyramid symbol so beloved of The 13th Floor Elevators and all who have travelled with them.

Nonetheless, as comfort food for the winklepicker-wearing classes, it does a tidy job. 

Dead Head Lights is Spacemen 3 on a hospital drip at 4am, (In The) Hidden Fields is The Jesus And Mary Chain on Mogadon and What You Love is Lee Hazelwood sleepwalking through a guest spot with The Cure circa Faith. What’s not to like?

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