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8-bit fanatics Stereo Telescope have been all over radars and radios since the electro-indie-pop duo had the masses movin' down at the 2010 SXSW music festival.
Two voices, one projection, and a ton of movement – they often draw comparisons to other electropop acts such as M83, Beach House or Passion Pit. The band is the product of two electric, erratic musicians--Kurt Schneider and Nikki Dessingue. After a couple months of dabbling with a slew of analog synthesizers, a couple guitars, and a lot of quality time with a Mac laptop, they officially formed Stereo Telescope in the winter of 2009. Together, the pair swiftly crafted “Geography” in the depths of Schneider’s practice space, which became the duo’s first single. More tracks quickly followed, creating a sound together that they had both always sought individually.
The duo’s debut album (tentatively titled On and Running) is materializing into a synth-heavy electronic venture filled with lyrical allusions to past and present risks, adventures, and frustrations. It has an overarching message of constant movement, not leaving out the bad decisions and heated blowouts therein.
Barely a band for six months, Stereo Telescope decided to take its freshly-minted live show and singles on the road to SXSW 2010. The duo worked overtime, foregoing sleep and sanity, to tighten the spectacle complete with dueling synthesizers and a newly custom-built computer system.
These days when they're not locked away, Stereo Telescope is surfacing for air; banging keys, shuffling feet at sold-out shows with Delorean or Dragonette, or the occasional underground dance party. That and gathering local nods, 2010 Best Electronic Band In Boston by Stuff Magazine, and a Boston Music Awards nomination for Electronic Act of the Year.
Expect a proper release from the duo in early 2011. In the meantime download the three singles: Geography, Draw Me a Sky and Lighthouse. And check them out live, you know, if you like having fun