Attention Must be Paid: Stereo Telescope
Welcome back to the journey into under appreciated creativity. This feature, Attention Must be Paid, will shine my (however brief and dull) spotlight on something that needs props. Mad props. Today, I’d like to shine the light on Stereo Telescope, an electronic pop band that’s the cat’s pajamas – or whatever the kids are saying these days.
Kurt Schneider and Nikki Dessingue are the duo behind Stereo Telescope, combining their vocals with electronic and traditional instruments. I’d first like to applaud the idea of combining male and female vocals – this isn’t done enough in pop music. (Does Lady Antebellum do this? Whatever.) Secondly, the keyboard effects are hot – that’s an Atari you’re hearing – Atari 2600, I believe. I had corresponded with Kurt in March and he’d mentioned having an Atari, but no games – he was using the synth card for music, and this must be the result. It’s awesome; the layering is great, especially when you listen with headphones. Combine some keys, guitar, and some layered vocals, and you get a rich, powerful sound; that last chorus is hot. I guess that’s a xylophone over the chorus, but whatever it is, it’s awesome.
But enough of my yackin; let’s rock: