The Telepathic Butterflies - Wow and Flutter

By: David Lacalamita

The Telepathic Butterflies - Wow and Flutter

The Telepathic Butterflies
Wow and Flutter

(Rainbow Quartz)

SOUNDS LIKE: The record isn’t broken but it’s been playing the same song for a while now…

The problem with an album like The Telepathic Butterflies' new record, wow & flutter!, is that it quotes so many other bands that it's hard to listen to it without comparing it to those bands.  I'm all for borrowing musical ideas, but this album rides wave after wave of old sound.   

It doesn't help that lead singer Jacques Dubois's voice has been produced to sound like David Grohl of the Foo Fighters.  While this style suits their sound on the opening track "Circle Man", most of the other tracks hearken back to the late 60s and 70s, a time that doesn't seem to accommodate this aesthetic very well.  Another example of style-appropriation is The Sympathetic Sort, which starts out hinting at the Beatles' Ticket to Ride and then steals almost verbatim, the most memorable bars of Mean Mr. Mustard, another Beatles tune. 

How much of a band's quality rests on their ability to do new and novel things with music is up for debate, but I would argue that if audiences change, so should music, especially in an age when music of the past is so accessible.  There are good tracks on this album - Elegy sports a killer bass line, and The Dillinger Plan ends on a sweet jam - but exciting music is music that moves your feet, surprises you, or intrigues you and the moments on this record when any of these happen are few and far between.

Video: "Circle Man" by The Telepathic Butterflies

Posted: November 22, 2010

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