Exposé Online banner

Telepath — Mental Mutations
(Apollon Records , 2019, CD / LP / DL)

by Jon Davis, Published 2020-10-06

Mental Mutations Cover art

There’s certainly been no shortage of high-quality progressive rock coming out of Norway and Sweden in the last decade or two, and a fair amount of it has had Jacob Holm-Lupo involved in some way or another. With connections to White Willow, Plenty, The Opium Cartel, Weserbergland, Galasphere 347, Alco Frisbass, The Nerve Institute, The Samurai of Prog, and more, he’s had his hands in a lot of music since the early 90s. Telepath finds him mostly on his own, handling keyboards, guitars, bass, loops, and samples, along with production, mixing, and mastering. The only others involved are Pedro de la Rocque (guitar) and Lars Fredrik Frøislie (synth), who only appear on one track. No drums are credited, so all the percussive sounds must come under “loops and samples” — not that a listener would know from what is heard. This is classic heavy instrumental prog with plenty of variety in sound, including some quieter sections featuring (of course) Mellotron sounds. Fans of Änglagård and Anekdoten will be right at home with Telepath, and the execution is good enough that the reliance on what might be regarded as prog formulas is not a negative. Every one of the ten tracks has something to offer, and you’d never guess this wasn’t the product of a full band. Mental Mutations is a fine album, and testament to what a single guy with the right skills and good ideas can accomplish.

Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Jacob Holm-Lupo / Telepath

More info

Latest news

Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more

Gary Peacock RIP – Legendary bassist Gary Peacock, veteran of many recordings and performances with Paul Bley, George Russell, Roland Kirk, Bill Evans, Tony Williams, and many more. » Read more

Tim Smith RIP – Tim Smith, leader of the eccentric band Cardiacs, has died at the age of 59 after many years of health problems. Cardiacs was known for intense and complicated music that combined punk energy with the rhythmic and harmonic sophistication of progressive rock. » Read more

Previously in Exposé...

Paragong - Live '73 – From GAS (Gong Appreciation Society), the same folks that brought us Camembert Eclectique, we now have a disc featuring live recordings by this legendary 1973 Gong spinoff featuring Hillage, Blake,...  (1996) » Read more

Listen & discover

Print issues