Boomkat Product Review:
This project from Slowdive's Simon Scott, Televise, represents a slightly different side to his work than the electronic nu-gaze offered by Seavault, the duo he set up last year with Isan's Antony Ryan. The music here occupies a far more abstract terrain, making passing references to the likes of Tim Hecker, Fennesz and other such soundscapers, whilst occasionally presenting you with a more accessible way in via something approaching pop songwriting. Volume Three provides a perfect entry point into Televise catalogue, in that the album combines the three previous releases, and offers a variety of different angles on the one-man-band's sound. At times you'll encounter pure, ambient electronics like 'Flood Out' (which you can download for FREE on the Boomkat digital version, people, get clicking...), sounding as though Scott had isolated the corona of reverb that caps off Harold Budd recordings and set it within a narrative of its own. Then straight after, there's the brilliant, crackling air textures and shuffled chord changes of 'Mezzo', which themselves give way to the grainy melodic drift of 'Perfect Sound'. These sorts of pieces sound somewhere between 12k and Epic45 (a group with which Scott is associated), but there's more to the Televise sound than these esoteric vignettes: 'Neon Stone' offers a far less treated guitar sound accompanying an almost Jonsi Birgisson-like vocal, leading into the hazy hip hop breaks of 'Secret Valentine'. Somewhere between the extremities of Televise's musical range, tracks like 'Suun' find the greatest success, sounding simultaneously amorphous and melodically coherent, making for an ideal match of Fennesz-style glistening guitar chords and wandering drone signals. Definitely worth getting acquainted with, especially when you can score yourself one of the tracks at no expense whatsoever.