It’s been two years since Brooklyn gloom-dance duo Telepathe punctuated their long crescendo of buzz with the Sitek-produced club-rattler Dance Mother and an awesomely loud, teeth-shattering performance at All Points West. Since then, they retreated to Los Angeles to hide from the internet’s ever-watchful eye; they’ve since emerged with ears way more attuned to killer grooves than shadow-lurking atmospherics. “Throw Away This” is the A-side to a their new 7-inch (out June 21 via White Iris) and the first taste of their upcoming second album; it’s downright shameless in its roller-rink rumble, as bass-heavy bluster with full-on club ambitions replaces their insular art-rock. The uplifting vibe was clearly influenced by the California sun, but Telepathe’s Melissa Livaudais says they were musically inspired by a decidedly New York export. “We totally got into this freestyle vibe,” she says. “I should say we’ve always had mad, insane burning love for freestyle. It doesn’t matter what kind of mood you’re in, if someone puts on Stevie B or Debbie Deb, that shit is gonna change everything.”
What is “Throw Away This” about?
“Throw Away This” is about a relationship that is totally over and dead; in the end there is no salvation. That being said, none of our songs has a definitive meaning. They only represent a feeling in that very moment, and sometimes that song is all that’s left to connect with that feeling ever again.
What inspired it lyrically?
OMG, the lists of inspiration are far too many… Everything Los Angeles, our personal lives, Blade Runner, Paul Ceylon, surfing/skateboarding, lots of Biggie. We were writing the album literally in the Los Angeles sunshine and this strange thing happened where every time we got in the car it was Biggie—not Tupac—all over the radio. We would just fucking lose our minds over the dude on the radio. It was totally intoxicating absorbing all of that sunshine, then going back home to our spot in Echo Park and writing. It’s like history being transmitted to us via the radio in Southern California. Before that we were freezing in Bushwick, with no sun and no trees.
Tell me about your “intentionally low profile” over the last few years.
Our intentionally low profile was a much-needed break to come out of a rough, almost two years of touring. We really needed to get a grasp on the things that inspired us most and made us feel full of life. We are both into this idea of reinvention and growing as artists; in order to do that, it takes a little bit of alone time. Blocking out everybody else’s bullshit.
What’s your favorite beat of 2011?
My favorite beat of 2011 is one off our upcoming record. It’s called “Slow Learner.” We stopped being the people that are like, “Oh we love his beat” or whatever. Now we’re like “Fuck, we’re gonna make this beat just how the fuck we wanna hear it.”
What’s your favorite place to eat in Brooklyn?
Marlow and Sons… Oysters!