Who can forget a band name like The Telepathic Butterflies? Even if you are unable to remember their name, inspired by a passage in Kurt Vonnegut’s novel Breakfast of Champions, you certainly will be caught singing along with the catchy, toe tapping, crank up the volume songs.
The music is reminiscent, at times, of a movie about a group called ‘The Wonders’ however TB (The Telepathic Butterflies) have sailed on much further than a one hit phenomena as Wow and Flutter is their fourth album. Polished sixtyish sounds come through loud and clear on tracks like “Circle Man”, ‘Lilacs”, and “Like Esme”.
These lads from Winnipeg, Jacques Dubois, Russ Kroeker, Rejean Ricard and Rob Pachol know exactly when to change the melodic gears to keep even the most critical of listening ears glued to the notes and melodies of every track. Certainly their influences from The Beatles, Sloan, David Bowie, The Byrds, The Kinks, Stones and Zombies reflect in the ultimate power pop on the album.
For those that cannot be appreciative of the simplistic back to the good ol’ pop type standards and renditions that are fantabulously delivered on Wow and Flutter need to crawl back under their rock to the sounds of the earth worm slithering through the dirt.
This is TB’s best album to date and if they continue on the same path there is likely a Juno in their future.
By Dave Ferguson
Jun 28, 2010