As the debut album from Irish electronic duo Telefís is being unveiled, we thought we would remind you of why it should be keenly contemplated for exploration by dropping in on the recently released Falun Gong Dancer EP.
If you are not aware already, Telefís is the creative collaboration of producer/ mixer/ composer Garret “Jacknife” Lee (U2, REM, Modest Mouse, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Editors) and singer-songwriter Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney, Fatima Mansions). It is a project which through previous singles and EPs has left the imagination as bewitched and enlivened as ears and body.
March released, a hAon is the duo’s first album, an adventure of sound, invention and intimation which outings with the likes of the We Need, Mister Imperator, and Falun Gong Dancer Eps have made a most urgent exploration.
Falun Gong Dancer sees Lee and Coughlan collaborating with legendary post-punk bassist Jah Wobble (Public Image Limited, Invaders Of The Heart), the EP also embracing two dub tracks of the single which brings even richer exploratory aspects not only to the song but the suggestion it offers in tone and implication.
The track immediately wraps the senses like a captivating mist, mystery and intrigue carried by its electronic breath. There is a haunting radiance to it which the ever inimitable resonance and touch of Wobble’s bass escalates alongside the eerily shared tones of Coughlan. Like a call from another realm, the track is a bewitchment of sound and touch, spreading from ears to the imagination like a ghostly romance bound in reflection and insinuation.
Falun Gong Dancer (Dub) follows; its spectral breath even more compelling as chilled winds blow and that distinctive dub honed throb of Wobble’s bass pulsates. Similarly, Coughlan’s voice is immersed in the track’s almost illusory presence. It is other-worldly, a realm immersing ears and imagination in a mystical seduction brought into focus by that bass resonance.
Completing the release is Falun Gong Dancer (Donkey’s Gudge Dub), a version which feels more earthly but tempting from within the shadows of mind and reality. It too captivates with that preternatural insinuation though, the alignment of Wobble’s crepuscular invention, Lee’s electronic weaving and Coughlan’s almost siren like call from the beyond transfixing.
The Falun Gong Dancer EP is reason alone to immerse in a hAon which is waiting for your imaginations as you read.
The Falun Gong Dancer EP is available @ https://telefis.bandcamp.com/album/falun-gong-dancer-ep-with-jah-wobble with a hAon released March 4th both through Dimple Discs.
Pete RingMaster 04/02/2022
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