- 03 Oct 18
London four-piece Teleman have really hit paydirt on their third album, which brims over with some of the catchiest electronic pop songs you’re likely to set ears on in 2018. Think a sparkier New Order without the tragic back-story, or a less irritating Metronomy, and you’re in the right ballpark.
The opening title track is all effortlessly breezy, catchy electro-pop with a slight ’80s sheen, which feels instantly familiar, although closer inspection reveals a host of delightfully weird noises and harmonies going on in the background. The ’80s influences similarly shimmy to the fore on ‘Song For A Seagull’, with frontman Thomas Sanders doing his best Morten Harket impression, as well as the strident ‘Fun Destruction’, and the madcap synth attack of ‘Twisted Heart’.
Elsewhere, the relentlessly catchy ‘Cactus’ has echoes of fellow Londoner Sohn, and ‘Between The Rain’ is the biggest slice of smile-inducing pop you’ll hear all year. The closing ‘Starlight’, meanwhile, is a glorious cascade of shimmering synths and stately beats.
Forget fads – good songwriting will never go out of fashion, and this is where Teleman score highest. They combine hummable melodies and hip-swinging rhythms with the kind of lyrical flair that gives pop a good name. A delight from start to finish.