Telegram Puts Out A Solid And Slick Debut Album
The sound of Telegram takes me back to my pubescent years, when I was a freshman in high school and seeking out cool music to rock out to. Granted much of my musical tastes have changed, I still have the urge to revisit those memories even if songs and albums are from years past, pre-existing before I was even conceived. Having put two year’s worth of work in on their debut LP, Operator, this four piece band from London crafted a solid album that seems to transport listeners to the early ’80s that will soon have you rockin’ out.
With Rory Attwell (Warm Brains, Test Icicles) producing this cohesive gem, the band shines through twelve tracks. Matt Saunders’ Welsh burr vocals are an excited highlight throughout the listening experience. The bombardment of opening track, “Rule Number One” is only a fragment of what this quartet is capable of putting out. Personal highlights include “Aeons,” the jam-inducing “Regatta,” and our previous track of the day, “Taffy Come Home” where the sound is akin to The Cure (though I’m sure the band is tired of this reference).
As for the other tracks, there are solid and slick songs that I genuinely enjoy. Each and every song has a story behind it; the rapidly happening “Follow” is inspired by Kurt Vonnegut, the autobiographical “Telegramme” and lastly, a modern tale about a modern Godiva (“Godiva’s Here”). While “Aeons” and “Taffy Come Home” were the singles to promote Operator, others like “Under the Night Time” and the claustrophobic “Regatta” are equally impressive and deserve a shot at being released for further promotion.
Some tunes require a second listen to grasp what Telegram is trying to convey but it remains an enjoyable experience. Overall, Operator is a polished album for those looking to add to their collection and a solid entry from a band who take the time needed to craft a well-thought out album.