Teletextile: Reflector EP
Dreamy. Ethereal. Dirty Projectors.—These are just some of the words that came to mind while listening to the new Reflector EP by Teletextile. Each of the five tracks on this EP are all densely orchestrated and use harp and bells in addition to guitar, piano and drums, to fill out their sound and expand their aural palette.
“What If I,” for instance, is built around percussion. Other instruments weave in and out of the songs, spicing up the arrangements. The vocals are highly impressive as well, as Pamela Martinez’s gorgeous, ghostly voice develops into a mix of harmonies and backing vocals that take it to another level.
The dynamic use of back-up vocals in “I Don’t Know How to Act Here” allows one to draw comparisons to the Dirty Projectors. Rather than executing simple harmonies, each set of vocals intertwine and play off one another, allowing each to become the lead at various points.
Although the EP consists of only four songs, plus a short intro track, there is still a lot happening on each song. This album is pop with brains. It’s substance with style.