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You can practically hear the smoke machines chugging away in the background as “Throw Away This,” the latest single from Brooklyn-based electro-duo Telepathe unfurls. Yet the neo-retro vibe that Melissa Livaudis and Busy Gangnes cultivate on “Throw Away This” isn’t easy to pigeonhole.
The track’s first words instruct the listener, saying, “You can’t think about it too much.” That’s good advice because “Throw Away This” is a song that’s meant to be swallowed whole and experienced by the limbic system. So give your busy neocortex a rest, crank up “Throw Away This,” and let your body feel the beat.
Telepathe excel at creating the contradictions that set “Throw Away This” apart from the bazillion other dance tracks careening around cyberspace. The vocals are a breathy mix of articulated Jabberwocky – think Robyn meets Eleanor Friedberger. Although the synth-driven melody is garbled and moody, it is undercut by relentless beats that offer a counter point to the gothic melody’s leanings.
White Iris recently released “Throw Away This” as a 7” backed with a track called “Destroyer.”