4/4/08 Teletextile @ Union Hall, Brooklyn, N.Y.

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On Friday April 4th, chamber rock quartet Teletextile played Union Hall in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the unfettered delight of those in attendance. Introduced by the needlepoint plucking and strumming of her violin, front woman Pamela Martinez led off the all too short set with the vibrant unreleased rock of “Jonny Thunder (Tries to Pretend).”On Friday April 4th, chamber rock quartet Teletextile played Union Hall in Brooklyn, N.Y. to the unfettered delight of those in attendance. Introduced by the needlepoint plucking and strumming of her violin, front woman Pamela Martinez led off the all too short set with the vibrant unreleased rock of “Jonny Thunder (Tries to Pretend).” Highlights of the 2007 self-released Care Package: “Ampm Two” was deftly pedal hemmed by guitarist Dan McCool. A middle-ethereal, brocaded instrumental, the song was seemingly an embroidered response to the arachnid weavings of Trent Reznor. “Heartquake” was tropicalia pulsed, lush with Brian Hamilton’s keys–“But I’ll chase you down/ I’ll pull you to the ground” had the torque of Martinez’s cut velvet vocals to haptically back that claim.

Near the close of the set, Martinez’s harp playing on “Distant Places” and “Safer Two” added streamers of muted tulle to the effusive sounds of the evening.

There were no solos, nor grandstanding, much instrument swapping and drummer Luke Schneider tailored his playing to suit Teletextile’s eclectic soundscape with aplomb.

Though Bjork she is not, occasional vocal inflections aside, Martinez and Teletextile as such may yet see grander venues and larger audiences.

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