Premiere: Telephones – Tripping Beauty

Is it any wonder that, when approaching an album for the first time, Telephones should take the long player format for what it’s worth? As a producer who constructs intricate textures that build and pulsate patiently through gentle peaks and troughs, it would make sense for a larger body of work to do the same.

Vibe Telemetry, released on Gerd Janson’s Running Back, is a very personal record stimulated by a youth on the island of Sotra – outside Bergen in Norway – and incorporates field recordings of his childhood home, mixes from local artists and clubs, and even some Norwegian library music.

Running Back are holding much of the LP back from online streaming, which makes us extra happy to be premiering ‘Tripping Beauty’. The astute ones among you may also notice the resemblance to Telephones’ previous work remixing Vangelis Katsoulis, if not just in name but also sonic qualities. Where ‘Slipping Beauty’ twinkled and sparkled, ‘Tripping Beauty’ announces its presence a little more forcefully, with more robust percussion and aqueous bleeps and bloops.

It’s almost misleading to provide such a brief snapshot of a release that really needs to be listened to in its entirety to be fully appreciated. Nonetheless, ‘Tripping Beauty’ will keep us ticking over nicely until release on 14th Oct, also up for pre-order on Juno.

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