Dance MotherAlbum |
Stream-of-consciousness vocals and hypnotic, intriguing settings
On their debut LP, Brooklyn duo Telepathe offers a moody and unconventional brand of electro-pop. Throughout the album's nine lengthy tracks, Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudais double up on stream-of-consciousness lyrics over complex, twitchy, and frenzied electronic beats overseen by the increasingly ubiquitous Dave Sitek of TV On The Radio. Dance Mother's biggest downfall is its repetitiveness within songs: The most memorable part of "Chrome's On It" is the over-and-over-again line "I can feel the real bang bang/I can do the real thang thang." Thankfully, the clever beats behind the words make up for the lyrical shortcomings: "Michael" starts with low bass tones and clapping, and "Drugged" mixes a spacey waltz with rim clicks. When combined with the trance-like vocal style in songs like "In Your Line" and "Devil's Trident," the hypnotic and intriguing settings justify the otherworldly implications of this dance-hungry duo's name.