The third album from Teleman has somehow managed to improve on their previous two releases; it being a more electronic, robotic and dance-able collection of songs while showing off more of their personalty than ever before.
When an album has a couple of very strong singles i’m always worried that the rest of the album will disappoint, and with ‘Cactus’ being an absolute banger and probably the best Teleman song to date I certainly had those fears.
They were quickly dismissed as soon as the opener, and title track ‘Family of Aliens’ began. The same brilliant Teleman as usual, but sounding even more energetic. ‘Between The Rain’ is a Paul McCartney-esque upbeat piano track, and ‘Always Dreaming’ is a slower, calm moment on the record. These two tracks show just how diverse Teleman can be while still maintaining a consistent sound.
Another album highlight for me is the very groovy ‘Twisted Heart’,with the opening synth riff sounding like a Pokemon battle theme gone wrong and it just generally being one of the catchiest tracks they’ve put out to date.
‘Somebody’s Island’ has another great melody throughout, with the song again being one of the best the band has ever put out, it being so well produced and full of emotion and personality. The album closer, ‘Starlight’, aptly sounds like a really dramatic end credits song for a movie, a fitting end to a great album.
This is Teleman’s best album to date, and one of the best albums of the year so far.
Best Three: Cactus, Twisted Heart, Starlight
Nick J.D. Hodgson just released his debut solo single, Suitable. I asked him some quick questions about the single, songwriting and more.
How does it feel to have your first solo single out?
I forgot how good it is to release music. It’s a very exciting moment when it actually goes live and people start to react to it. You always spend so long in the studio listening to the same bars that you almost become immune to it so when it comes out it suddenly feels fresh. As for being solo, yeh I like it. Lots of work to do cos I’m the label and publisher too but I’ve had 5 years off sooooo.
You’ve written and produced for a lot of other artists; are there any new upcoming acts that you would like to work with?
I think Jorja Smith is really good. She has an amazing effortless voice. Would be cool to write with her.
How does it differ writing stuff that will eventually have your own name on it compared to writing for others or as part of a band?
It’s easier in a way because I only have to get inside my head. Also you don’t have to try and please anyone else. Although It does mean you’ve got nowhere to hide which can be scary. In the band I had a drum kit in front of me, it’s a good place to keep your head down if people aren’t digging it!
What is your favourite album of the year so far?
There’s two. The Cribs, 24-7 Rock Star Shit and Jay Z 4:44
Listen to ‘Suitable’ below:
Marigolds are a 4 piece indie rock band from Norwich consisting of Joe Maguire (Guitar/Vocals), Davey Perkins (Guitar/Vocals), Tom Goulding (Bass) and Owen Fuller (Drums/Vocals) – watch the video for their latest single ‘Chamomile’ below:
I did a quick Q&A with Owen from the band:
What’s the story behind your band name?
There’s a local legend in Norwich about this guy who would stand about directing traffic with a pair of marigold gloves on. Sadly it’s not as interesting as that, just came out from a brain storm and fitted the vibe we were going from. It’s inspiration was from a Promise Ring song.
What is your favourite venue and why?
There’s a place in the city which is an old church, renovated to be a music venue. It’s such a great place to play, the high ceilings and big rooms are such a nice change of pace to the usual cramped walls. Also has some great lighting.
What is the best gig you have had so far?
We supported Spring King (the night after they were on Jools Holland, so we were pretty star struck) and Get Inuit once. It was an insane show and was really humbling to see these guys put on such a great show on the same stage as us, was a sold out venue as well so we’re pretty chuffed with that one.
If you had to describe your own sound what would you say?
It’s like someone shoved indie, surf, emo, and pop punk into a washing machine and let it mix on 40 degrees for 5 hours.
Listen to the band’s ‘Asleep In The Sun’ EP below and follow them on Twitter here.