Fuzzystar is the moniker of Andy Thomson and friends, an Edinburgh based gang trafficking in buzzy indie pop; Telegraphing is their debut record and it’s a ten track, tune packed blast.
Opener ‘Angel Transported’ is a perfect stage setter with a big looping guitar rig that gives the song a scratchy, bouncy feel.
‘Birthday Morning’ goes for picked guitar reminiscent of Feeder’s more contemplative moments, while ‘Eagles’ is another big crunchy guitar tune that wouldn’t sound out of place in Idlewild’s primetime period.
‘Superhero’ is a model of sleek guitar pop with a weary vocal but the real treasure on the first half of Telegraphing is the propulsive ‘Suicide Satellite’ a barrelling rock song layered in fuzz and packed with great imagery – “lost in static / emphatic” – that brings to mind The National’s Matt Berninger.
‘Lone Stats State’ is widescreen driving music with a plaintive vocal from Thomson, while ‘Spotlight’ is a smudged, finger-on-the-guitar strings ditty reminiscent of Sebadoh
‘Longest Day’ takes a turn for the morose but the group end on a high with the long, winding ‘High Friends’, a fragile pen portrait of the role friendship can play that sees Thomson’s voice shrinks to little more than a shiver before exploding to a fiery crescendo.
Words: Max Sefton