REVIEW gig Teleman Teleman @ Koko

Teleman Charm Koko With Songs From Forthcoming Album

Support tonight comes from all in white 3 piece sci-fi synth NZCA Lines the solo project of Michael Lovett, touring keyboardist of Metronomy and featuring former Ash guitarist Charlotte Hatherley (who isn’t present tonight) along with Sarah Jones who has been a part of New Young Pony Club and Hot Chip.

Taking to the stage dressed in white they cascade dance beats with charming pop onto the crowd. Closing their set with ‘Two Hearts’ is the highlight of the set.

Well-pressed London four piece Teleman, who rose from the ashes of indie darlings Pete & The Pirates have been hitting the road in the UK playing their forthcoming second album, ‘Brilliant Sanity’ the follow up to their fantastic debut ‘Breakfast’ produced by Bernard Butler.

Last time I saw Teleman was in a small hut somewhere around Glastonbury’s Park Stage in 2013 that held about 20 muddy faces, so good to see them doing a victory lap of the UK culminating in biggest London headline show Koko. There is a nice buzz in the crowd when they take to the stage with opener ‘Strange Combinations’ the one off single released last year for Speedy Wunderground, a singles label where each release has been written and recorded in 24 hours.

It would be hard to completely move away from the sound that defined their former band’s with singer Tommy Saunders distinctively softly spoken voice but with the keys-led and funky synth delivery from brother Jonny their last songs now they lend themselves more to contempories like Django Dango and the sun drenched melodies of touring friend Oscar.

The set picks up when they play the huge room filling sound of Breakfast album track ’23 Floors Up’ with its drum solo and bass start from quirky and entertaining Pete Cattermoul.

Of course 'Christina' gets the biggest reaction of the night and deservedly so but it is 'Glory Hallelujah' that is the stand out track for me with its catchy chorus and lyrics you want to shout out loud "I’m feeling very untied, give me everything you’ve got ." They close out with single ‘Dysseldorf ’ an unabashed song with bouncy keys and chopped indie guitars - pop perfection!

Long live the brothers Sanders.

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