When two of your favorite labels put out a release, you get one Intergalactic Letdown, except a boon. Talking dreamy noise pop on existential themes, Tereshkova meanders through humnan wonders of When We Die and Illuminations with dreamy vocals, paced bass and delicately dropped keys, pieces slowly gaining in noise accoutrements. Elsewhere, they take a familiar atmospheric rock route on Halogen, Broken Teeth & Downtown, not a whole lot new but it’ll fill the corners of your room.Built with lush guitars, sharp synths, driving drum machines, dreamy vocals, and killer production … Tereshkova deliver tunes that could swim with Slowdive or drive with The Jesus and Mary Chain.
I’m drawn to the fuzzy play and quirk peppered throughout the album, that elevate Intergalactic Letdown above other opiated shoegaze releases. Panther, Poison and Lies & Existing Somewherehow do this best, taking them to natural highs with euphoric timbres and shuffling cadence, the real shine of this cassette. The rest of the tape volleys between synth and psychedelic rock with some sleepy but stand out slow jammers, Oh Andy and Red to Blue. Plenty here for your fall party mixes.
Emmett Kelly is a noted Bonnie “Prince” Billy collaborator and a musician that I sure as shit should be familiar with, but am sad to say that I am not quite that. Instead, I’m a dumb idiot sitting at a bar on my tenth run-through of Mixtape No. 1 on a Walkman, a collection that isn’t even listed on this Wikipedia page that I am definitely not looking at right now for research… TMI? Oof, maybe. I’ll tell you what though, you don’t need a lot of informatio
Emmett Kelly has been busy the past several years, touring and recording relentlessly with Bonnie “Prince” Billy, as well as Billy recording and playing with The Cairo Gang. And a new bag of recordings has found The Cairo Gang releasing their newest LP “Tiny Rebels” alongside this compilation cassette of previously unsurfaced songs we’re titling The Cairo Gang Mixtape #1! A collection of warm Byrds-esque jangle that will carry you back to the 60’s with Kelly’s spot-on analog production. Lonesome and desolate at times, the compressed guitar tones hit your nostalgia receptor hard, but fear not, the charm of the upbeat pop tunes will pick you back up for sure. Definitely a wild arrangement of refined pop songs. CASSETTES GOING FAST GRIP HERE~ http://teenriver.bandcamp.com/album/the-cairo-gang-mixtape-1
The Cairo Gang Mixtape #1 out July 8th! This mixtape release coincides with the LP release of their new album ‘Tiny Rebels’ out on Empty Cellar Records out of San Francisco. Homeless songs find a home with Teen River. Release show July 8th at ~Millenium Park~ Find me on the lawn, I’ll have shop set up.
Running parallel in the community of home recordings, Lillerne Tapes and Teen River have been high-fiving for years now, pushing and influencing each other since their transplant from Kansas to Chicago. Both have been building expansive catalogues that really flex the spectrum of home recordings, from noise bangers to pop gems and back. It was only a matter of time before they joined forces to unearth something as far-reaching and cosmic as Tereshkova’s ‘Intergalactic Letdown’. Built with lush guitars, sharp synths, driving drum machines, dreamy vocals, and killer production Jeff Lane and Tyler King of Tereshkova deliver tunes that could swim with Slowdive or drive with The Jesus and Mary Chain. Yet these tunes are fresh, and Lane’s peculiar sense of melody is at the forefront here, really showcasing his ability to craft great songs with that small, endearing amount of jangle. You might not know, consider, or even care that this album was created in the confines of a ‘bedroom’, and why should you? Lillerne and Teen River have been blurring that tag since the beginning, trying to stay aloof to its significance because, basically, these kids are good at what they do with or without the high end, privileged resources. Tereshkova is proof, take a listen! Edition of 100 home-dubbed cassettes, 50 at http://teenriver.bandcamp.com, 50 over at www.lillernetapes.bandcamp.com. THANKS FOR BEING A RAD COMMUNITY OF LISTENERS AND SUPPORTERS!!
There’s a rush of really young kids doing it pretty good right now. I’m not saying that this has never been the case, but with the internet and my contribution to it via this blog, avenues have opened up. What was once just my friends and I (and those I looked up to) has now become a wide system…
April 6th! At Situations in Chicago!