Tele­phones Vibe Teleme­try

Run­ning Back

Future Music - - FM | ALBUM REVIEWS - Tom Jones

Nor­we­gian Disco don Tele­phones’ de­but al­bum is a record brim­ming with colour, warmth and life. Re­leased on Gerd Jan­son’s ac­claimed Run­ning Back im­print, Vibe Teleme­try finds the Ber­gen pro­ducer, who has pre­vi­ously re­leased stand­out Disco-flecked EPs for Sex Tags UFO, Full Pupp, Run­ning Back and Love on the Rocks, in a ju­bi­lant mood. From the drift­ing am­bi­ence of its opener to the odd­ball synth and shim­mer­ing Disco that un­furls after it, it is an eclec­tic and far-flung con­coc­tion of sounds and styles that have in­flu­enced Tele­phones’ en­tire life. It feels like Tele­phones’ love let­ter to his home na­tion’s mu­sic scene, es­pe­cially the glit­ter­ing Disco move­ment of the early 2000s.

Ex­pertly craft­ing a heady mix of New York Disco, Italo House, groovy Techno, slow burn­ing House, groove-laden Funk and early ’90s Techno, the record has a con­stantly shuf­fling vi­vac­ity. The en­tire record has an emo­tional warmth, gar­nered through rich lay­ers of or­ganic sounds, drift­ing melodies, stretched pads and fizzing synths. The way he moves through the vary­ing styles, tem­pos and moods so ef­fort­lessly and seam­lessly im­bibes the record with a sun-warmed grace­ful­ness. Its at­mos­phere is highly mag­netic, pulling you deeper into Tele­phones’ beau­ti­ful, al­most trop­i­cal sound­scape. Bring­ing his vast ex­pe­ri­ence into the fold for this beguil­ing record, Vibe Teleme­try is a highly ac­com­plished de­but that de­lights from start to fin­ish.

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