Is it us, or is the current indie trend kind of getting tired, boring and bit, well, repetitive? If it’s not Kaiser Chiefs, Bloc Party, Razorlight or drugged up Pete Doherty gracing the covers of every other music magazine, then it’s another fresh-faced four-piece band trying to tempt us with songs about how unfair modern life is.
Surely it’s time for a change, something different, something fresh and something that’s going to make people think “bloody hell what was that I just heard?” when they hear it. Something like Context by Telos.
Telos is a North-East based electro artist who
has just released his second album Context on Bear With Me Records. Originally
meant to be his ‘pop’ album, this record snatches all styles of
electronic music, ranging from white noise, ambiance, drum and bass,
slams them together and presents them to you in an 11-track mix
guaranteed to grab your attention. Fans of V/VM, Ladytron, Squarepusher
and Authechre should all be taking note of this release.
But it’s not just 11 tracks of electronic squeaks and bleeps – the
record is specially enhanced to boast a whole heap of extra features.
Treats include bonus pieces of music and a video for one of the tracks
on the album, Mono-Face, directed by Straightjacket comedy member Keith
Dickinson, who Mr Telos is also a part of.
If you’re after something new and interesting and not the same dodgy
indie bands that seem to be springing up left right and centre, we
strongly recommend giving Context a whirl.
Context is out now on Bear With Me Records.
[review by Matthew Laidlow]