Telly practices a jivey funky version of folk rock in a smooth freeflowing be-bop that catches the ears in a hipsway that's uncommonly appealing. The opening cut, Anything, crawls into your head, puts the fingerpop to the frontal lobes and just won't let go. The follow-up, Sometimes, is mellower and possesses a progressve mid-section build-up but still swings in that same infectious mode. Drummer Chris Hadjopolous is a way snappy sticksman beneath Telly's voice and jazzy guitar while Aram Chekijian is the true central rhythm section. The three fall together like beat musicians on a caffeine jag late Saturday down by the depot where the bohos and loners meet to plot the revolution by means too subtle and cool to be committed to print lest the squares harsh the gig.
There's an angularity that extends way beyond the folk formula while nonetheless remaining fully committed. Free Music for Sale is the grittier version of what Kenny Rankin was doing in his landmark Silver Morning release. There's even a broad swath of Eddy Vedder and the down side of Pearl Jam (unplugged) working its way up through the Greenwich cobblestones. Telly is a cat who gained his grit by osmosis, way too young to have possibly lived the many years implied in the solid maturity and vernacular. His guitar is deceptive as well. You have to tear away from that compelling voice to realize he knows his shit on the frets. The writhing electric lead during At the End of the Day is just one example, and the guy's equally ace on the chord arrangements. The Dream gets even further out, almost abstract while maintaining an unshakeable beat.
This guy is not your average musician, and this CD's a gatherum of single songs earlier purveyed on the Net, gathered up now due to popularity—so popular, in fact, that he's already busy working on a second release which…Jesus!, if it's anything like this, is gonna tear a few heads off just on innovation and viral groovitude.
Edited by: David N. Pyles
Copyright 2009, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
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