Reviews

Splendid E-zine
album review
"Telto seems to take a perverse pleasure in collecting and listing the disparate musical comparisons that arise when publications review Bugged. The comparisons vary broadly because Telto has found that all-important midpoint between label sampler variety and every-song-sounds-alike homogeneity; while Bugged can clearly be identified as Telto's work, there's no simple formula that can be applied to each song. Songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Leslie Dean is a creative dynamo, favoring unpredictable minor-key melodies and post-goth psychedelic sprawl over standard pop song progression. I'll add a few reference points for the band's trophy wall: their more rocking moments recall Fetchin' Bones, while Dean's passionately quirky vocal delivery hints not only at the mid-eighties 4AD stable, but also at the flat-out weirdness of Caterwaul (a band from the late '80s that I think I may have hallucinated). Every moment on Bugged builds toward the spectacular 'Touch,' which closes the disc with a gorgeous flood of sustained minor key angst. Dean works herself into a furious lather as the guitars peak in a cathartic explosion of sound. Even if the rest of the record fails to engage you—which I find doubtful—you'll listen to 'Touch' again and again."

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Delusions of Adequacy
album review
"...'Over the Sink' comes on, slower, with a darkly melodic guitar line and Dean's vocals thickly textured...'Buttonholes' is even softer, very sparse and entirely driven by Dean's voice...Like its name, 'Anesthesia' is quiet and thick, with Dean's vocals layered and chilling. This track is quite lovely, with stellar bass and perfect guitar. 'Dog Eyes' is another darkly melodic track, with nice acoustic guitar. And the 8-minute closer, 'Touch,'...with crisp, chilling guitar, good drumming, and Dean's vocals lofting to even new heights, especially by the end, as the music builds into a frenzied crescendo, and Dean screams as if her life is ending. Holy cow I love this song! It is so removed from the first track on the album, I think it must be a different band...the moody, darkly melodic and hauntingly lovely tracks are truly inspired and quite impressive. That's the reason why I listen to this album time and again..."

Collected Sounds (Sweden)
album review
"Telto are a truly special band. Their brand of rock is somewhat peculiar, but powerful. Singer Leslie Dean has a really strong voice and knows how to use it. Telto go from the storming '8 Ball in Your Fruit Ball' to the quiet 'Blue' without losing the plot once. Their sense of drama reminds me of the Throwing Muses in their 80's heyday. Some of their lyrics are as weird as Kristin Hersh's were. On the folksy 'Over the Sink' Dean recalls Bettie Serveert's Carol Van Dijk. The gently rolling 'Anesthesia' shows the band's skill at creating unsettling moods. Telto pull out all the stops for the grand finale 'Touch.' It becomes a genuine epic with Dean showing off her spectacular voice for all it's worth. Now that's how you end an album."

Eufonia "El otro sonido de la musica" XHTEC 94.9 FM conciencia en la radio (Monterrey, Nuevo Leon, MEXICO)
album review
"'Anesthesia'!, 'Anesthesia'! En mi caso, creo que desde 'Lucky Man' de The Verve no repetía tanto una canción en mi estéreo...Original review in Spanish. Here is an English translation by an unauthorized translator:

"'Anesthesia'! 'Anesthesia'! In my case, I suppose that I haven't played and replayed a song so much since the Verve's 'Lucky Man' ...The disc opens with a sort of rock that we might call good and fast, with interesting lyrics and outstanding electric guitar (backed up by a decent rhythm section), especially on 'Janus' and '8 Ball ...'. However, in my humble opinion, the compositions of Leslie Dean begin to get musically interesting with the dark, almost gothic 'Over The Sink,' when the disc takes another turn—maybe a bit slower, but definitely more attractive (in my case), and sometimes with psychedelic tints ('Someone Hollow Swallowed Me'). Then we arrive at 'Anesthesia' and the sounds and rhythms are both fresh and soft, belonging to a period before psychedelic folk-rock and totally 'indie/alternative,' accompanied in this regard by the no-less splendid 'Blue,' with a rhythm a la 'Tomorrow Never Knows.' This pair of tracks makes the disc a complete 'must' for anyone who enjoys good music...An excellent, polished record. Recommended. We're waiting for follow-up material in a state of anxious perspiration."

hEARd Magazine (Australia)
album review
"...Telto have a great style that takes many forms across this album. The band play semi-punk feel songs while comfortably adding some haunting slower tracks....One of the catchiest aggressive numbers here is the unusual '8 Ball In Your Fruit Bowl,' while the following couple of tracks, 'Over the Sink' and the beautiful 'Buttonholes'...are both of the slower variety of songs, where vocalist Leslie Dean's voice is at its most impressive. In similar fashion, there are some other superb moments, like 'Anesthesia' and 'Blue,' which is my favourite, alongside closing number 'Touch,' a real epic number at 8 minutes or so, which manages to combine the best moments of the slower tracks, with the guitar oriented feel of the more aggressive numbers..."

Aiding & Abetting
album review
"...Another way to look at it is that Telto works very hard to not sound like anyone else. These songs lurch, stumble, roll and slip along, sometimes smoothly and sometimes not. I think that the way that works is largely instinctual...Sounds good, anyways...And just when I think I've almost got a handle on things, Telto goes and does something different. That's pretty much priceless. As long as these folks keep trying to best themselves, I have a feeling they'll be making good music."

Gangreen
demo review
"Gifted songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Leslie Dean should probably be making music for a living. Her raw rock songs have a taste of surf and a tinge of country and mix intelligent lyrics with excellent musicianship....As a guitarist, she lays down fierce rhythm tracks and solid lead parts...handles rockers like '8 Ball in Your Fruit Bowl' and the somewhat folky 'Anesthesia,' where her guitar is more of a textural element, with equal aplomb. She's at her best on the radio-friendly 'Janus,' which has a mesmerizing lead guitar hook, and 'Someone Hollow Swallowed Me'..."

Alternative Press Magazine
demo review
"Rocketing off the reel like a runaway truck, Telto dig deep into the groove...Leslie Dean is a terrific guitarist, pulling in country, funk, surf and jazz influences and twisting them together forcefully...She's just as compelling as a vocalist...Not to be overlooked are the fluid, jazzy chops of Stock and McNair; this rhythm section can turn on a dime..."

BAM Magazine
live performance review
"...During their show at Blake's...they filled the place with powerful, guitar-oriented rock that was never imitative and was occasionally a bit scary in its intensity. Dean's edgy, haunting voice preternaturally drew out her apocryphal, defiant lyrics, and her work seems to escape the vapid 'I'm-so-depressed' cleverness that many local songwriters seem unable to shake. Plus, her guitar rocks—her rhythm and lines are unusual and imaginative. Meanwhile Stock beats the precise hell out of his powerful kit with a fearsome grimace on his face. His drumming uncannily complements Dean's changes from major to minor and the songs' shifts in rhythm. Telto...is dead serious and delirious fun at the same time..."


Reviewers aren't aligned in their descriptions of Telto, or in comparing Telto to other better-known bands.
Telto is delighted by this and is keeping a list of artists referenced in its reviews:

Splendid E-zine album review
"...their more rocking moments recall Fetchin' Bones, while Dean's passionately quirky vocal delivery hints not only at the mid-eighties 4AD stable, but also at the flat-out weirdness of Caterwaul (a band from the late '80s that I think I may have hallucinated)..."
nutshell description: Telto has found that all-important midpoint between label sampler variety and every- song-sounds-alike homogeneity; while Bugged can clearly be identified as Telto's work, there's no simple formula that can be applied to each song...favoring unpredictable minor-key melodies and post-goth psychedelic sprawl over standard pop song progression

Collected Sounds album review
"...Their sense of drama reminds me of Throwing Muses in their 80
's heyday. Some of their lyrics are as weird as Kristin Hersh's were. On the folksy 'Over the Sink' Dean recalls Bettie Serveert's..."
nutshell description: Telto are a truly special band. Their brand of rock is somewhat peculiar, but powerful.


Aiding & Abetting album review
"...imagine if Don Caballero and the Cowboy Junkies got together to play Blues Traveler songs. I'm not kidding..."
nutshell description: an almost subconscious feel thing going on, something that I have to ascribe to instinct

Delusions of Adequacy album review
"So what does Telto sound like? The female vocals remind me a bit of Siouxsie or maybe even hints of Kristin Hersh..."
nutshell description: moody goth-rock and funky, groovy bar-rock

hEARd Magazine (Australia) album review
"The band play semi-punk feel songs that remind me a little of a slightly less aggressive Hole..."
nutshell description: semi-punk feel...Telto have a great style that takes many forms

Alternative Press Magazine demo review
"...imagine if Dolly Parton were into goth and you'll get the idea..."
nutshell description: pulling in country, funk, surf and jazz influences and twisting them together

Gangreen demo review
no comparison
nutshell description: raw rock songs have a taste of surf and a tinge of country, mix intelligent lyrics with excellent musicianship

BAM Magazine live performance review
no comparison
nutshell description: powerful, guitar-oriented rock that was never imitative

IMPACT Press album review
"...like a higher-pitched Stevie Nicks...Alanis Morissette...The Doors..."
nutshell description: alternative rock with a little bit of an attitude

GeekAmerica.com album review
"I am going to give this record to my friend Kelly because she really likes that band Belly."
nutshell description: none

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