The Telescopes have released their new ‘Stone Tape’ album via Rome-based label Yard Press, following up singles ‘The Desert In Your Heart’ and ‘Silent Water’, which premiered in Paste Magazine. Earlier this year, the band released their ninth album ‘As Light Return’ via Tapete Records.
The Telescopes’ new six-track offering inaugurates Yard Press’ new series of record productions. Curated by Giandomenico Carpentieri, this endeavor is rooted in the desire to create albums that are developed in close collaboration with the artists involved. The starting point is to create a concept album specially designed for Yard Press, within a free environment without creative limits, where artists can pursue the most experimental and conceptual projects.
‘Stone Tape’ is a concept album inspired by the Stone Tape Theory, theorized by Thomas Charles Lethbridge in 1961. The archaeologist, parapsychologist and explorer developed the idea that inanimate materials can absorb energy from living beings, and that this mental electrical energy, released during emotional or traumatic events, could somehow be stored in such materials and reproduced under certain conditions.
Following the release of their second album in 1992, Lawrie put the group on hold, returning in 2002 with a renewed vigour. The late great John Peel, for whom they recorded two sessions, heralded their return and championed their ‘Third Wave’ album, exclaiming The Telescopes have resurfaced and I am amazed and glad they are still practicing their mysterious art.
A string of releases followed. The Wire magazine described them as having a very real and crazy originality that carries fat tons of wallop. The NME again found them in another universe altogether, incredible. Julian Cope championed two of their releases on his Head Heritage site, referring to their suspended-in-space magnificence.
The Telescopes then released two critically acclaimed albums through Tapete Records Hidden Fields and As Light Return, offering some of the bands most crucial listening so far. Following pulverising performances at both Manchester and Liverpool Psych festivals this year, The Telescopes are set to release their tenth album in November on Yard Press.
Written, produced, arranged and played by Stephen Lawrie
Album photography by Achille Filipponi
Series curated by Giandomenico Carpentieri
Series executive production by Leonardo Mancini