comedy by Tele

Released: 22.06.01 / Label: Birth Records

Tele is an artist I’m not familiar with, and a rather uninspiring cover to work with, but let’s see what we’ve got.

Tele is a new solo project from singer/songwriter Kitaro Taniguchi. He looks really young, but I couldn’t find any information on his age. This is his debut album and the release has been well planned. He set up a YouTube channel in December and has been releasing some really great music videos every month since January. Judging by the quality of the videos and music he seems to have a budget to work with, but I couldn’t find any concrete information on the label, so I’m not sure who’s behind it. It’s all very mysterious and intriguing.

The song is incredible. Just a wonderful pop tune that sounds really upbeat and happy, but hides some very dark undertones in it’s lyrics. The comedy in question here seems to be the singer’s own existence, with the lyrics expressing feelings of rejection and resignation. Really interesting and skillful folk style writing, sections repeat melodically but with the words changed. Musically it also makes great use of odd numbered phrases in the verses (five measure sections rather than the regular four) and there is some great filler during the breaks between sections. The playing is good but it’s all focused on telling the story, so very unobtrusive.

The production value is also really high quality here, everything sounds great and the mix is focused and clear. A really tight song overall and very sure of itself. Certainly made with a vision. I’m very excited to listen to the rest of the album and try to find out more about the artist.

Verdict: Must Listen (4.2/5)

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