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Tele Novella 4/30/14

Tele Novella 4/30/14 facebook.com/telenovellamusic
Written by Kevin Korinek
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  • Date Recorded: April 30, 2014
  • Artist / Band: Tele Novella
  • Hosting Show: The Space Parlour
  • Sound: Dan Kinney

Hailing from Keep-Austin-Weird, Texas, Tele Novella blends an interesting concoction of peculiar pop and mid-'60s rock that is in perfect keeping with the indie-psych landscape of that music mecca of the south.

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It's a stone cold drug trip gone sour. They're indie in the ethos of Rilo Kiley or Belle and Sebastian, lyrically spinning shadows in the dark, but there's more of a throwback to the vocal groups of the middle 20th century, groups like Jefferson Airplane or Spirit. While Natalie Gordon's vocal fidelity mimics that of Nico from her Velvet Underground days, the music moves effortlessly into strange trapeze-wire progressions. Some of it is difficult listening, in that, it's quirky. And that's a rare thing we hear in music these days.  

The harmonies are inventive, with Gordon and Sarah La Puerta singing in locked steps effortlessly, their jangly guitar and spooky keys floating above while Jason Chronis' backing bass walks tall between them and Matt Simon's drums roll and tumble behind.

Each of these darkly sinister leads turn on a dime into happy and hopeful choruses. "Tesseract" is a rhyming enigma, full of spells, sour milk and fossilized light, with an excellent lyric to describe the band as a whole: "I've never had it but I want some more."

In "Even Steven," Gordon sings, "If you have a chance you have to take it, if there is a rule you have to break it," while a surf guitar riff rides low, recalling the cheeky fun of the B-52s early career. Easily the best track from a great collection of strange and beautiful tunes recorded exclusively for KDHX, the song and its sentiment seem anthemic for this band that refuses to play by the rules.

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