Alea iacta est. A rather martial statement, but perfectly appropriate considering the profound impact this album had on me. Telekinetic Yeti and their 2017 debut release ‘Abominable’ has the potential to become a cornerstone in the heavy rock genre. I could and should probably end my review right here, because that pretty much sums it up.
The fact is, almost every day I get an email or find a notification online about a new band or album entering the scene. It’s hard to keep up especially if you have an open mind and feel genuinely happy about the fact that there is so much new great music coming your way on a regular basis.
But every now and then something special happens. Last year, I stumbled upon a bunch of Youtube videos that simply blew me away. Two guys, a bunch of Orange and Marshall amps hooked up together, alongside a decently sized drum-kit, with a band-name of high recognition value. They video, a play-through of their track ‘Colossus’, looked interesting enough and with a name like ‘Telekinetic Yeti’, I decided to press the ‘Play’ button.
Good thing I’m not into selfies at all, because chances are, had I taken one about 9 minutes later, you would have seen a middle-aged guy in front of his computer, sitting there in disbelief over what he had just experienced. It’s difficult to describe but I think if you truly love music – irrespective of the genre or style – you know feeling when you realize that you were just presented with something that will likely stick with you for the rest of your life.
That’s exactly how I felt after I heard ‘Colossus’ by Telekinetic Yeti. I just knew it. It was also instantaneously clear to me that Alex Bauman (guitars and vocals) and Anthony Dreyer (drums) are a unique duo, in that, I’ve never seen a two-band combo with such seemingly effortless interplay and mutual understanding for one another. This goes well beyond good musicianship. There are countless examples of duos, bands, groups comprised of brilliant musicians – however, all of that means nothing if you don’t know how to emotionally (and perhaps intellectually) connect while playing together.
Here is my video review of ‘Abominable by Telekinetic Yeti’:
The omnipresence of that unity is, in my opinion, the by far most important asset of Telekinetic Yeti. I guess ‘unity’ is the keyword here – when I listen to the material, I sense zero ambiguity. Every note, every lick, every beat has its purpose. There is no fluff or ‘fat’ to cut. Each song sounds exactly how it is supposed to sound.
Speaking of sound, I will refrain from doing one of those pseudo – intellectual in-depth analyses; that’s for others to do. Also, it would only distract from what this album is about (to me, anyway). But I can’t deny that I am intrigued, to say the least, by how well Alex and Anthony manage to pair two dichotomous and seemingly irreconcilable extremes: vehemence and lightness. The former manifests throughout the whole album, and to some extent, is consistent with one would reasonably expect of a record of that caliber. The latter, however, is hard to pull-off without running the risk of ruining the whole experience!
And speaking of ‘lightness’ – possibly not the best descriptor for what I’m trying to articulate, admittedly – but just listen to Alex’s phrasing and how he navigates through the songs, all of which are founded on riffs that’ll make your face melt. Similarly, Anthony’s drumming, while fierce, precise and unambiguous, it is equally Baker-esque, swingy and percussive, just like Bill Ward on the first few Sabbath albums. ‘Stoned and Feathered’ is a good track that exemplifies the point I just made.
‘Abominable’ by Telekinetic Yeti has the pedigree and potential to become a milestone record. Maybe it will take a little while. Or maybe it will take longer than that, who’s to say. However, it will leave its mark, sooner or later, there is not a shred of doubt in my mind. Only time will tell if was right in my prediction, but in the meantime, I strongly encourage you to immerse yourself into this sonic mini-universe, before a musical landscape that is so unique, it makes me very uncomfortable making comparisons to other acts. While there are evidently elements that remind me of a few other bands (e.g. Blackout and some Sleep material comes to mind), Telekinetic Yeti is distinctly different. And that is a very good thing!
So, yes, the ‘the die is cast’, there is no more looking back, Telekinetic Yeti got past the point of no return, just as Suetonius expressed half a century B.C. to his boss (Julius Caesar), after he had crossed the Rubicon river. Telekinetic Yeti has arrived, but make no mistake here, this is just the beginning of something much more monumental waiting ‘ante portas’ (…to end this album review with anther clumsy use of one of the two Latin phrases I know of…;-)..)
Go ahead now and check out their music & merchandise. Here is a bunch of links that will get you started.
Telekinetic Yeti – Abominable Track-List:
3. Stone and Feathered
7. Beneath the Black Sun
8. Himalayan Hymn