Name: Izzie Dyer.
Based: In Reading.
Age: 17 (Certified Dancing Queen).
Brilliant Sanity is inescapably my favourite album of the year. Here’s why.
“Oh I could just lie here and fantasise I’m really somewhere else” croons the magnificent Thomas Sanders on eighth track ‘English Architecture’. Casting an eye back over the year, the majority of us can surely be said to have heavily identified with this lyric on more than one occasion.
However, if you were lucky enough to catch the indie trailblazers at all on their autumn 2016 tour, you’d have been left wishing to remain right there. Teleman’s beautiful merger of Sanders’ spellbinding vocals with a vast array of sentiments fabricated through their extraordinary instrumentation is as stunning in the flesh as it is on record.
As this is the LP I chose to listen to as I walked to and from the exams I sat this summer, even I’m surprised at how objective I’ve been able to remain towards it. This truly is a credit to the bands’ ability to affect their listener; the high-spirited, joyous nature of ‘Glory Hallelujah’ exudes such a pulsing optimism that it's nigh on impossible to shake off. Try it yourself – I recommend it as a remedy for any 1st January hangovers.
Opening track 'Düsseldorf' offers a similar sense of euphoria as the four-piece entice us via the hook of the chorus and rising crescendos into picturesque instrumental breaks.
What I find most commendable in the record is its diversity between tracks, but totally consistent brilliance overall. Whether it is the stirring and striking single ‘Fall In Time’, or the raw vigour of ‘Tangerine’, every piece on the album is an irreplaceable jewel in a crown proudly worn collectively by Teleman.
Brilliant Sanity was released 08.04.16 courtesy of Moshi Moshi Records.