Transcendental Telecom Orlando Music Midnite J Premiere

Transcendental Telecom Dive Into R&B On “Midnite J” (premiere)

Growth fosters new ideas, and that’s a good thing. In music, change can add dimension to how you look at a band as artists. Transcendental Telecom is not a band that’s afraid to go outside their box. Released last year, their debut album showcased that in its varied, crunchy and shoegaze-inspired, guitars mixed with Spencer Tricker’s airy voice. Etherise made them stand out from other indie rock bands, and “Midnite J” does the same but in a whole new way.

One part Blood Orange, one part Tame Impala, the latest single takes advantage of synth in a way they’ve never come close to before. Spencer crafts a synth line that flashes over the whole song like a disco ball over speckled teens at an 80s prom. He encourages them to dance too, “All the people on the left, all the people on the right, come on.” The guitars are much more subtle, adding minute details in the distance. You can definitely tell Transcendental is the same band, though. Their sounds hold the same fluidity but in a much more sultry way. “Midnite J” is their version of a slow jam.

Transcendental Telecom’s plan is to release a few more singles and then have them all included on an album this year.

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just some songs. (3/24/16)

I tend to ramble when talking/writing about music. My mouth and hands move at “gotta-go-fast” speeds, and I don’t stop until every thought is dispensed. With “just some songs.” I attempt to break the streak and keep things tight and brief. If you’d like to have your music featured in the next edition, email me ( and I’ll have a listen. All genres are welcome. Soundcloud is my preferred platform (it’s prettier). Enjoy.

Mr. 3 — “Sight For Sore Eyes” (ft. Palmer Reed & Emily Rawlins) (Produced by FIONA)

The Don of the Pizza Posse is readying his second album and “Sight For Sore Eyes” is our first glimpse of what’s to come. This is a smooth first single with many interesting parts moving at once; vocal samples break up verses while an electric guitar, reminiscent of Kanye’s “Devil in a New Dress,” roars in the background. The hook features the crooning of Palmer Reed, who sends the song soaring into R&B bliss. You’d think Mr. 3 would fall back into this big production, but he doesn’t. His flows are confident and quick. He raps about love and girls and contemplates taking on someone else’s child as his own. The Black Bottom will hopefully be out sometime soon.

Transcendental Telecom — “Cotton Tail”

“Cotton Tail” is part of a split single with Gainesville band, Endless Pools. It’s an all-around hazy time with Transcendental Telecom, as guitars crash against each other and cool light vocals breeze by. I picture a cold, damp beach — not like a flat Florida beach, a very rocky, shitty beach. It’s a desolate, yet somehow gratifying, ride. The song starts pretty mellow but builds with echo, guitar, and noise until the waves peak. The comedown is quick and we’re left drenched in emotion and covered in sand.

dates — “I”

I best know Emily McGuire as one-third of the dream pop group Island Science, but she also produces under the name dates. “I” is her first mix, a 40-minute session beginning with Kathleen Hannah’s raw and remixed vocals. What follows is a mash of dance-provoking songs from the likes of Daft Punk, Patrick Hernandez, and Hot Chip. It even features McGuire’s own rework of Destiny’s Child’s “Bills, Bills, Bills.”

Expert Timing — 2016 Demos

I’m not sure if I like Jeff and Katrina Snyder more as an amazing couple or musical soulmates. Great people with great talents, they’ve started a new band together, Expert Timing. The two have released a couple of demos, and I couldn’t pick which one I wanted to feature, so you get both. “Speak” is heavy on Katrina’s vocals, “Nervous Wreck” on Jeff’s. Both have a similar feeling to the couple’s work in Living Decent, a feeling I enjoy feeling. I may sound strange saying it, but whenever I listen to The Snyders’ music I feel nostalgic. It has this moarnful longing to it that sticks with me.

Need more Orlando goodness? Munch on last month’s just some songs.

The Death Tremors, Timothy Eerie, & Transcendental Telecom - "Wonderful Christmastime" (Paul McCartney Cover)

The Death Tremors, Timothy Eerie, & Transcendental Telecom – “Wonderful Christmastime” (Paul McCartney Cover)

Something about this oscillating Florida winter/infinite summer must have inspired Orlando’s The Death Tremors, Timothy Eerie, and Transcendental Telecom; because they’ve come together, in the name of Christmas, to cover the best Beatle’s Christmas Classic. Timothy Eerie’s Casey Lerman and Transcendental Telecom’s Spencer Tricker duet over the famous synth melody that’s been spiked beyond recognition — like the egg nog after Grandma shows up.

As the song progresses, we hear an instrumental breakdown where the bands’ personalities really take over. It sounds like John Lennon’s ghost is seeking revenge because they chose to cover this over “Happy Xmas (War Is Over).” If you weren’t feeling Krampus’ warm stranglehold before, you will now, cuz I’m feeling festive as fuck. Enjoy.