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Television

by Pete Teo

America as seen from the fringe of a globalised world. Great musicianship. Eclectic, lyrical and humane. By one of the most acclaimed singer songwriters in Asia. As featured on USA's NPR, Canada's CBC and the BBC World Service.
Genre: Rock: Folk Rock
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1. Lost In America
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2. Shine
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3. Hide Your Gun
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4. Carnival Hall
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5. Sunday Best Shoes
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6. Laura Nelson's Bridge
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7. The Infidel
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8. Tom
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9. Blow
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10. Into The Storm
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11. Who For You?
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Elastic Truths For These Plastic Days..."

So says Pete Teo in ‘Television’. 12 months in the making, this 11-track album is a significant departure from his debut ‘Rustic Living for Urbanites’. Gone is the soul-searching introspection that so lushly and effectively defined the earlier work, and in its place, a bitter-sweet critique of George Bush's America.

From the opening stanza of ‘Lost In America’, it is obvious that this is exceptional work. In lesser hands, a song that is premised upon the idea that America is ‘lost’ would likely resort to recrimination before long. Yet Teo eschews such easy conclusions. Rather, he invokes sadness for the loss of the American ideal while simultaneously decrying the excesses of her imperial intentions. This is rare sophistication. Not least because it gives the song a righteous power that mindless ranting could never attain.

Not that such deftness of touch would surprise fans of this intriguing singer songwriter. Known as much in his home country for his cerebral dynamism as his artistry, Teo’s work has always been characterized more by cerebral depth than sloganeering machismo. It is such that ‘Hide Your Gun’, an anti-war lament, devastatingly juxtaposes domestic peace with the utter despair of war. It is also such that ‘Carnival Hall’, an ironic parody of our media obsessed existence, is driven along by a dancing bass line that is as infectious as it is technically impressive.

Indeed, it is here where ‘Television’ stands furthest from the folk-infused sensibilities of its predecessor. From the imperious piano solo in ‘Sunday Best Shoes’, to the compound time dexterity of ‘Blow’, and finally the aching beauty of ‘Who For You?’, this album is punctuated by many moments of sheer musical virtuosity. While this is not surprising given the stellar cast of musicians assembled here, that such technical brilliance is never allowed to overshadow the emotional resonance of the songs is perhaps the most laudable feat of an admirable artist in great form.

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Julia Graves

Utterly brilliant
I'm lucky to have stumbled across Pete Teo on the Internet a couple of years ago. I was instantly mesmerised by his music and immediately ordered a copy of Rustic Living. Had it not been for that chance encounter, I would probably never have heard of Pete Teo - and what a shame that would have been.

Fortunately for me, since that day I have been on his mailing list, and so it was that I learned of the release of Television. I listened to the clips on his website and admit to some initial hesitation, but ultimately decided to buy a copy. I was not to be disappointed.

Television is utterly brilliant - the best album I have bought all year. The music is of a quality far superior to the average tune played on the radio in the UK. Why Pete Teo isn't dominating our airwaves, I just don't understand.

How to describe this album? It is certainly lighter and more cheerful than Rustic Living. It is well written and well performed, a real musician's album. Give it a try - it's great.
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Associated Content

Exceptional
Pete Teo plants a seed then it steadily germinates with the warmth of his music, just like the sun and the rain help a flower to grow. This is the best way to explain how this music made me feel. I loved Rustic Living For Urbanites, Teo's previous release that came out in 2004, and the new release Television, is an exceptional follow up album. I think the best way to put this music into a specific genre would be to say that it is an entertaining form of alternative-folk. This is an art form expressed from an individual's soul. The man is a poet, a true artisan developing his craft in every composition.
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zinnia

gubra's ost
who for you is the best song ever! its awesome...=)
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Neill from GEIST

Praise from the UK!
Here in the UK, more specifically in GEIST, we're liking Pete Teo a lot! Pete first became known to us when Jon knocked ourselves off the top spot in the "Unsigned As Yet" chart on Cd-Wow.com, when he bought Pete's "Rustic Living For Urbanites" CD. Now 3 years we're both on our second CD, and Pete has come up trumps. "Television" was less immediate than RLFU for me, but the songs and arrangements here are quite brilliant; demonstrating a subtle shift in styles, towards a more stripped down sound. Written and recorded with both intelligence and attention to detail, but also with a healthy respect for space and dynamics, "Television" is another great little set of songs that demands space in your CD collection.
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tomyam

television
absolutely fantastic....one of Malaysia's pure bred local and international artiste with a class of it's own......keep it up Pete!!
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Sharla Newton


Wonderful songs. Love the words. Greetings from Canada to everyone in Malaysia!
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Malay Mail

A Complete Package
A year in the making, Teo admits producing Television was “at various times fun, worrying, frustrating and rewarding - but mostly, pretty bloody intense.” Yet, it was well worth the effort. Listeners will be immediately rewarded with the opening track (Lost in America), one of the stand-out tracks on a strong album. And though other tracks, like Carnival Hall, Sunday Best Shoes, The Infidel and Tom are instantly likeable, this is a complete package. Film fans also might have already heard Who For You?, the title song on Gubra. Teo employs some of the regions finest musicians to bring his creations to life and their help further cements his reputation as one of Asia’s most acclaimed sing/songwriters. If Rustic Living was the prettiest girl in the class, Television is Miss Asia... beautiful, sophisticated and, importantly, intelligent. If the world catches on to Teo’s talent, he may well become one of Malaysia’s biggest exports.
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anjali*

Every song is hit worthy; superbly written and so intelligently arranged
Every song is hit worthy; superbly written and so intelligently arranged, you cannot help but adore this man to the core. Or stalk him to the centre of the earth.
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Shannon Teo

Neo-Folk Fantasia
We can be proud as Malaysians that each year, at least one musician gives us something truly outstanding that if it were actually picked up internationally, would certainly turn the ears of observers in this direction. Teo's neo-folk most certainly broke the envelope, with an album that removes him from the usual troubadour-styled musings of a folk artist to that of a concept of modern-day worship and contemporary fears and yearnings. This is Malaysia's musical contribution to Vision 2020.
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Kenneth Yu

Modern Day Book Of Psalms
A modern-day Book of Psalms catered for an MTV generation desensitised by the idiot box, with Malaysia's favourite troubadour being its resident chain-smoking, potty-mouthed psalmist.
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