Release Date: Feb 5, 2021
Record label: Tapete Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Dream Pop, Noise Pop, Noise-Rock, Shoegaze
Since the mid-'80s, the Telescopes have been steadily expanding the boundaries of their distinctive brand of noisy psychedelia, evolving from thick barrages of noise rock in their earliest days into more subtle, dreamy pop as the years went on. After some mid-2000s experimentation with electronic soundscapes, the band returned to the heavy, droning noise rock of their earliest days, with records like 2017's As Light Return and 2019's Exploding Head Syndrome embracing lurching tempos and hypnotic songs, informed by the same demented blues perspectives that guided Spacemen 3 and recorded like the band was playing in a garage several houses away. Twelfth studio album Songs of Love & Revolution continues the group's fixation with noise-dazzled psychedelic drone rock, but the production is clearer and the songs hit with direct impact.