Exposé Online banner

Tel Basta — Lickerish
(Circular Reasoning REASON-2, 1996, CD)

by Dane Carlson, Published 1996-08-01

Lickerish Cover art

I really like this CD. Musically it's very simple. I am reminded of early Cure and Joy Division music. Progressive? Well, not as I call progressive. The promo statement for the band read "...like Dead Can Dance." Yes and no. To pigeonhole this band into that framework is unfair to both. Tel Basta are not as gothic or as medieval as DCD. The songs are short, dirgelike numbers, laden with viola and drum. Most of the guitarwork is acoustic, 6- and 12-string. The band consists of Pine on vocals, she sort of shrugs out the words, a bit of angst and pain but mostly indifference. Daniel James on keyboards, vocals, 12-string guitar. Brett Klinker on guitars. Also appearing are Jason Kleinberg on viola, Tim Jones on bass, and Mason Jones on assorted percussion. The viola is a perfect instrument for this band, the slightly evil sounding big brother of the violin. Used effectivly (as in Brian Eno's "Sky Saw") it can really produce a dark sound, and Kleinberg does just that. I am surprised that he is not shown as a "real" member. Tel Basta is not an upbeat band, but their music makes a good soundtrack to my many bad moods. If you can stand Squonk Opera, Cocteau Twins and Dead Can Dance. Then check out San Francisco's own Tel Basta.


Filed under: New releases, Issue 10, 1996 releases

Related artist(s): Tel Basta

Latest news

2020-05-15
Phil May of The Pretty Things RIP – We were saddened to learn that Phil May, lead singer and founding member of The Pretty Things, has died at the age of 75. The band's 1968 album S.F. Sorrow is one of the enduring classics of the psychedelic era, and the group existed in various forms until finally retiring in 2018. » Read more

2020-05-14
Jorge Santana RIP – Jorge Santana, noted guitarist, leader of the band Malo and brother to Carlos Santan, died on May 14 at the age of 68. Jorge and Carlos worked together on a number of occasions, though Jorge's career was centered around Malo, solo work, and with Fania All-Stars. » Read more

2020-05-06
Florian Schneider RIP – Florian Schneider, one of the founders of the pioneering electronic group Kraftwerk, has died at the age of 73. Co-founder Ralf Hütter announced that his bandmate had passed away from cancer after a brief illness. » Read more

2020-04-23
Shindig Festival Goes Lock-Down – Here's what they're saying: It's A Happening Thing! The Shindig! Magazine Lockdown Festival. In our days of no large gatherings of people, maybe it's still possible to have a music festival. Shindig! Magazine is giving it a go with a multi-artist streaming extravaganza on Saturday April 25. » Read more

2020-03-24
Bill Rieflin RIP – The sad news reaches us today of Bill Rieflin's death. Rieflin was best known as a drummer in bands ranging from post-punk to industrial to indie-rock to progressive rock, including work with The Blackouts, Ministry, Nine Inch Nails, Swans, Land, and King Crimson. Rieflin had been battling cancer for several years, and succumbed to it on March 24. He was 59. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Klaus Schulze - Kontinuum – With great anticipation I waited for the release of Klaus Schulze’s 45th solo album Kontinuum and I was not disappointed. Klaus has been reissuing lots of music lately, but it is two years since his...  (2008) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues