UK Band Teleman have revealed details of Brilliant Sanity, their new release, due out on April 8, 2016 via Moshi Moshi. Brilliant Sanity was written in their Homerton, East London studio and recorded in South London with producer, Dan Carey (Bat for Lashes, Kate Tempest, Nick Mulvey). Watch an exclusive album trailer below.
Teleman, Now a four-piece made up of singer and guitarist Tommy Sanders, his brother Jonny on synths, Pete Cattermoul on bass and Hiro Amamiya on drums, the process of touring has honed Teleman into a solid live act, which brought about the decision to record the new record in a very live and spontaneous way.
Six months were spent in a rehearsal space in Homerton, working on the songs written by each band member, with Sanders’ own songwriting forming the core of the album. “I don’t know if other bands do this,” says Tommy Sanders, “but in our rehearsal room we had a white board, and for each song we’d write the chords up on the white board, write the structure out. We’ve got different colour pens and stuff. It’s very professional.”
With lyrics written on the road “when you’re sitting on a tour bus for eight hours just looking out the window,” Brilliant Sanity shows Sanders as an accomplished and distinctive lyricist, with a passion for the music of words themselves and an eye for the singular image.
In Dan Carey’s Streatham studio, the songs’ structure changed little, but it was Carey’s suggestion that they choose core synthesizer sounds – the Mellotron, the Roland Jupiter, the Korg Trident – to help define the aesthetic of the album. Sanders talks of their time in the studio, of their collective obsession with the Vietnamese restaurant across the street, of how they would set the mood for recording each song using a series of colored lights, and of how, in breaks from recording the band would go out on the roof and gaze at the moon through Carey’s telescope, “It had,” he says, “a very calming and settling influence.”
“Sometimes,” he says, “a record can take itself a bit too seriously. So it’s good to have a bit of a light-hearted side. It’s good just to enjoy making it, for your own sake – because if you’re enjoying making the songs then other people are going to enjoy listening to them.”
The track listing is as follows:
Fall In Time
Devil In My Shoe
2016 UK Tour
Fri 1st April – Buyers Club, Liverpool
Sat 2nd April – Wardrobe, Leeds
Sun 3rd April – Think Tank, Newcastle
Mon 4th April – King Tuts, Glasgow
Tues 5th April – Gorilla, Manchester
Thurs 7th April – Sugarmill, Stoke
Fri 8th April – Rainbow, Birmingham
Fri 9th April – Portland Arms, Cambridge
Sat 11th April – Open, Norwich
Mon 12th April – Bodega, Nottingham
Wed 13th April – Old Market, Brighton
Thurs 14th April – Koko, London
Fri 15th April – Marble Factory, Bristol