Review: Telepathe @ 93 Feet East, May 11th.

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Brooklyn duo Telepathe enchanted the 93 Feet East crowd last night with their catchy, undeniably cool brand of synth pop.

Stepping onto stage to little fanfare, Busy Gangnes and Melissa Livaudai played their set in almost complete darkness – an appropriate setting for their heavy rhythms and siren vocals.

From opening track In Your Line, with its tribal, almost hypnotic beat, all eyes were transfixed on the female duo. Up next was Chrome’s On It, in which Gangnes and Livaudais trade vocals to create a wall of noise, backed by spaced-out synths.

The duo raced through their set with barely a break between songs; with heavy, offbeat drums working in perfect harmony with the vocals. A brilliant rendition of Michael, with lines such as: “My greatest joy would be to destroy you/Your greatest joy would be to destroy me” reminded those watching that that their lyrics can be as dark as their music.

They saved the best until last – the penultimate song was Devil’s Trident – a powerful piece of music that begins with haunting, spoken-word vocals and ends with a melodic flourish. The final song was the irresistibly catchy So Fine – which immediately evokes images of fellow New Yorker Blondie.

Overall, Telepathe seem to have found the perfect balance of programmed beats and live drums and keyboards. And, after wowing the crowd for the best part of an hour, their departure was as low key as their arrival; a shy wave, muttered thankyous and no encore.

“I’ve got a new girl crush,” joked one woman to her friends as the house lights came on. Judging by last night’s performance, she wasn’t the only one.

Aaron Coultate

mp3: Telepathe – Devil’s Trident

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