The latest release drawn from the Brooklyn peripheral music scene which includes the likes of Effie Briest and Gang Gang Dance is the infinitely more accessible Telepathe. Consisting of Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais, the duo used to specialise in experimental drone pop but have now married those clear-cut sounds to a poppy affair albeit one with obscure musings on death, crime, love and killing on their debut album.
With the help of producer Dave Sitek of another eminent New York group TV On The Radio, they have crafted an experimental electronic album infused with melodious pop hooks that is entirely danceable at all the right indie hipster parties. The most fascinating aspect of Dance Mother is the dystopian world the duo create in the album’s nine songs and 41 minutes while Sitek adds a cohesive sheen to the mix of synths, harmonies and off-kilter rhythms.
Opener ‘So Fine’ is an exhilarating opening gambit of swirling synthesizers and electro percussive hits, previously released ‘Chrome’s On IT’ with its syncopated original beat apes hip-hop’s penchant for 808s while the experimental dramatic side only really comes out to play during ‘Trilogy: Breath Of Life, Crimes And Killings, Threads And Knives’, the story of a seduction of a boy backed by a unnerving beat and heavy low-end. Dance Mother is a fascinating record, one which starts with a solid foundation of playing to Telepathe’s strengths of creating memorable pop hooks coloured with bewitching sonic synths, and an ambience of shadow and peril.