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The Telescopes stay spooky and mesmeric on Songs Of Love And Revolution

The kaleidoscopic dream-pop of The Telescopes is distilled beautifully on 12th album Songs Of Love And Revolution

Telescopes: Songs Of Love And Revolution
(Image: © Mapete)

Some bands don’t disappear, but instead drift deep and deeper into the ether, turning up strange new minutiae, odd crawling shapes; far and further they go, fuelled by their own twisted obsessions and a sideboard full of Velvet Underground rarities and whispered rumours of My Bloody Valentine reunions.

Stephen Lawrie’s Telescopes and their drifting kaleidoscopic dream-pop in terms of other bands, it’s because they have so clearly distilled and refined their own sound long ago: hidden, spooky, mesmeric, a secret gardening of secret delights. 

So much so that this, their twelfth album in a 30-year career, can only really be described as ‘The Telescopes’. 

You couldn’t call it ravishing (although the way the guitars trickle and scratch over sepulchral bass on Come Bring Your Love before exploding in distortion certainly is). It is, however, an unbidden delight: hypnotic, breathtaking and quite, quite beautiful.

Everett True started life as The Legend!, publishing the fanzine of that name and contributing to NME. Subsequently he wrote for some years for Melody Maker, for whom he wrote seminal pieces about Nirvana and others. He was the co-founder with photographer Steve Gullick of Careless Talk Costs Lives, a deliberately short-lived publication designed to be the antidote to the established UK music magazines.