Review of Telesma Equinox 2009

Great review by Jess Snow from SEN Magazine!
“… From the first faint rumblings deep within the didgeridoo, you are captivated. From the moment that the bass lines fill your body, you are no more than a prisoner to the music. A hauntingly beautiful voice reaches out to you, enticing you to come closer, and you are on the floor, on your knees, shackled and unable to move. Fingers laced, begging for more, one might think: “If this is slavery then I am your captive; just don’t stop that guitar.”

This is psychedelic rock like it hasn’t been seen in ages. Combining traditional tribal instruments with new-age electronic sounds, this music is an unstoppable force. Listening to the high-pitched screaming of the guitar is like the longest orgasm you’ve ever had, and it comes in a thousand different melodies. They played a number of songs from their 2007 album, O(h)M, as well as a handful of jams and unreleased goodies. There are the faster-paced sounds of “Penumbra,” heavy with drums and bass. “Amor Fati” is great funkadelic rock, wrought with the sounds of a mouth harp, and ethereal chanting. They go from chanting to singing; tribal drums to acid-trip guitar and an electric upright bass. The absolute eclecticism of their music is made apparent on all fronts: whether live or recorded, they span genres…”

Thanks to Doctor Trip for this review of our Winter Solstice show at Sonar, with Alex & Allyson Grey.
  “…Telesma was certainly the highlight of the night for me. There guys and gals were giving out a sound that is unlike anything I have come across in a long time. It is a fresh & unique sound, Jambase has classified their sound as, “electro-acoustic psychedelic world dance music”. I don’t know if this is right or wrong, but I know they had me dancing and feeling the primal beat that had me wanting them to play more than they had. Telesma played for about 1 hour, offering an arrangement of instruments that was fresh and primitive, the djembe and didgeridoo. The energy at Sona during their set was mystical in nature and drew a crowd to the floor that lived up to their psychedelic classification. If given the opportunity, you should drop any pending plans and check these guys out. Out of all the new bands I have seen this year, they are by far the most innovative, creative and unique band.”
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Robbie Whelan of the Baltimore City Paper wrote:

“Dozens of acts, from David Byrne to Angelique Kidjo to Paul Simon, have treaded the same waters, but what sets Telesma apart is that the dialogue between its members disparate influences doesnt feel forced. Their approach is based on a feeling, an optimistic hunch, that everyone in the world is somehow connected, and that we can all benefit from that connection. … Its based on the idea that indigenous tribal culturesfrom Aborigines to Masai tribesmen to Arabian emirs can be forced into an intelligent dialogue that goes deeper than the fact that such musics can sound good when played together.”

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