One of the things that makes me the most proud is the bands we’ve worked with for years. That kind of relationship is second to none, affording me the opportunity to see a band grow and to be there for that growth. Out of all the bands we’ve been running with for a few years now, Telepathy is one of my favorite. We first covered their exceptional 12 Areas in 2014, when the drums of post-metal’s death were being rung around the Internet. That album proved to any who would listen that post-metal was very much alive; you just had to look beyond its mainstream, at bands like Telepathy. Ever since then, we’ve run multiple pieces on the band, charting their growth as an active, constantly touring band. And now, I am proud once again to take a part in another step in Telepathy’s career by premiering “The Void in Aimless Flight”, from their upcoming (and quite frankly shockingly excellent) release, Burn Embrace. Head on down below for melancholy.
Telepathy have really pushed themselves for this release. Their sound is even more cohesive now, perhaps curbing a bit the flashy riffs in favor of a more direct and weighty approach. “The Void in Aimless Flight” is an excellent example; it starts off with its moody main lines and lets them run loose for a few minutes, large and steady riffs slicing through the mix. The band’s always-prominent bass is silky smooth, backing the guitars up while the drums crash in the background for added punch and effect. Everything coalesces near the four minute mark, where a monstrously groovy version of the main riff appears to set your body to rocking. After an extensive devolvement from this riff, the melancholy returns in full force with the opening segments coming round again with an extra tinge of somberness.
This is par the course, overall, for the excellent Telepathy but something about this track and, indeed, the entirety of Burn Embrace feels even more essential, even more hungry than previous releases. It might be their best release yet (and that’s saying something) and one of the finer post-metal albums we’ll get to witness in 2020.
Burn Embrace releases on March the 27th the mighty Svart Records. Head on over to their website to pre-order this crushing beauty.