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“Despite the recent success of Passion Pit, Boston remains a staunch rock-and-roll town. So how did the warm, blippy electropop of Stereo Telescope escape an unassuming Brighton bedroom and lodge itself at the forefront of a new wave of beat-minded acts? Dual vocalists/programmers Nikki Dessingue (Where the Land Meets the Sea) and Kurt Schneider (This Car Up) combine to weave a synth-pop grid of analogs, Ataris, and melancholy — a formula that acutely merges into a pop perspective on former Phoenix MP3 of the Week "Geography." Although Stereo Telescope released only three stand-alone singles in 2010, the year ahead promises a debut EP or full-length (working title: On and Running). Also on tap: SXSW in March and several mini-tours across state lines. And there will be a twist on their local shows — the duo's studio tracks will be remixed, blended, and beat-matched into one live on-stage performance stream. Alert the dance parties. NEXT SHOW • February 11 @ Great Scott, Allston”
“It's electro-pop. Think chiptune, with simple beats and catchy female vocals. Frankly, it's pop. Yes, I know, I just recently wrote about how much I dislike pop music. But this is pretty good pop: catchy, fun, and easy to listen to. And luckily there's none of that Disney, Justin Bieber, overly saccharine and family friendly bullshit. It's like MGMT, only simpler and less psychedelic (and less of the stoner burnout feel). They're out of Brighton, MA, and both members (Nikki Dessingue and Kurt Schneider) are veterans of the local music scene here in Boston. No albums yet; they only have two songs, but both are well produced and foreshadow a great first release.”
“The organic sounds of Stereo Telescope flow more freely in this track than any synthesized bleeps or bloops or other videogames sounds you might expect to hear from an “electronic band.” Lead singer Nicole Dessingue’s crystal-clear and pitch-on voice is as natural sounding as a briskly flowing spring, and the effect of her vocal timbre is similarly refreshing. Dessingue’s vocals are airy and sonorous; coming through the speakers en masse - which only serves to add to the vibrancy of the vocal performance. “Draw Me A Sky” is driven not by machinery but by its own internal pulse. The chord progression is not standard, but it flows in familiar patterns nonetheless. We might say that every chord change is not expected - but it is welcome. This song has a tingle to it; a slight bit of electricity that doesn’t seem to come from the binary innards of some computer, but maybe the natural electricity that is in our own bodies, simply brought to life by Stereo Telescope with “Dra”
“So when Nikki Dessingue and Kurt Schneider break bread this Thanksgiving, they’ll have plenty to be thankful for and much to look forward to. As a token of that appreciation, t hey today released their third single “Draw Me A Sky,” a holiday-themed gem that strips down their usually pulsating synth-pop for a kinder, gentler wash-away ballad that almost, kinda, maybe just a bit recalls the Verve Pipe’s epic ‘90s jam “The Freshmen.” We need more of that, kids.”
“Stereo Telescope is a hidden gem wedged inside the Boston music scene. Made up of dueling vocalists Kurt Schneider and Nikki Dessingue, Stereo Telescope is an electronic based band that somehow manages to remain warm and inviting. Most of that comes from the angelic voice of Nikki, which plays against the more earthy tones of Kurt’s vocals. The music is lush and otherworldly yet holds a melodramatic tone to it. There’s a universal melancholy to what Stereo Telescope do, a sadness that somehow we can all relate to. So much of the current indie scene, especially those bands based in electronics, is devoid of soul. Stereo Telescope have somehow managed to sidestep that issue instead injecting their music with a cautious optimism, an infectious feeling that letting go will make everything alright.”