Telepathe – “Throw Away This” (Stereogum Premiere)
It feels like Telepathe’s always been out on their own. I was thinking this morning about the duo’s great 2006 debut, the Farewell Forest EP, and how a piece I wrote about them in the Village Voice at that time found Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais investigating haunted subject matter and dance in a way that, when you look back, feels very proto-“witch house,” or whatever you want to call it. Then, a couple of years ago, Livaudais sported a Burzum shirt in the “So Fine” video, before non-metal folks started zeroing in on certain aspects of that world. Nothing major, but these sorts of decisions and moves are always more interesting when they feel honest or real, not just another part of a calculated swarm. To the present … After touring in 2009 and 2010 — including as guests of Julian Casablancas — Livaudais and Gangnes started recording new material in New York and Los Angeles. You’ll get a sense of it via the “Throw Away This” b/w “Destroyer” single, a precursor to a Lewis Pesacov-produced full-length. Both the album and the single were recorded at LA’s Black Iris, a studio/music collective. The single’s coming out via the collective’s label White Iris. The music isn’t as dark or weird as it once was, but it has a similar pull.
“Throw Away This” b/w “Destroyer” is out 6/7 via White Iris. You can pre-order it via Insound. If you go that route, you’ll receive a bonus track, the duo’s cover of the Misfits’ “Hybrid Moments.” (OK, I know I talked about being ahead of curves, but Misfits covers? An enjoyable trend.)