TELEMAN+ GENTLEMEN + BABE
Teleman are a 4-piece comprising Hiro Amamiya, Peter Cattermoul and brothers Tom and Jonny Sanders. They formed off the back of a handful of demos that Tommy had made at home and quickly caught the ear of producer Bernard Butler as well as cult-indie label Moshi Moshi Records. The fruits of this collaboration took the form a single ‘Cristina’ / ‘In Your Fur’ released in January on Moshi Moshi to cross-the-board critical acclaim.
A BBC6 Music playlist and a handful of sold-out London shows lead to festival bookings at most of the key UK festivals including Glastonbury, Latitude and End Of The Road. Their sound has been described as Robert Wyatt meets the Pet Shop Boys meets The Velvet Underground. A confusing reference maybe, but one which probably reflects the uniqueness of their sound. The band are now finalizing their debut album with Bernard for release early in 2014.
Watch the video for ‘Steam Train Girl’ below:
Originating separately from the UK, Italy and Australia, Gentlemen connected through their shared love of the noir and the unknown. Their formation in 2012 and release of ‘Night Reels I’ was the beginning of a journey which had them quickly receiving nods from the likes of The Guardian, Zane Lowe and The Fly.
Producing their latest EP themselves in Ireland, they became immersed in the progressive and jazz sounds of the 70′s, finding kinship in artists like George Duke, Todd Rundgren and Pink Floyd. Their sound grew with the passion of its forebears before returning to London as a new sonic phenomenon.
Now with its espousal tracks ushered in by the glorious bombast of ‘Gentle Duke’, Gentlemen’s beautifully kaleidoscopic vision comes fully into light.
Listen to ‘Gentle Duke’ below:
Formed in the summer of 2010 by ex Findo Gask members Gerard Black (currently with Francois And The Atlas Mountains) and Michael Marshall along with Thomas Ogden and Amaury Ranger, Babe have been making music across the channel from their native homes in Glasgow and Bordeaux.
Their debut album ‘Volery Flighty’ – conceived and produced entirely by Gerard and the band, and featuring friends from Glasgow’s indomitable music scene (including Lauren Mayberry on backing vocals and Ricky Egan from Tangles) – couples the group’s international outlook through Gerard’s chamber pop sensibilities to foster something at times pensive and oblique, at others direct, fun and buoyant. An off-kilter humour and sideways glance at life runs throughout ‘Volery Flighty’.
“Wonderfully strange conflation of Wild Beasts-esque falsetto, a fidgety musical backdrop of chiming guitars and delicate electronic textures.” - The Guardian
Listen to ‘Dot And Carry One’ below: