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Care Package

by Teletextile

Indie Art Rock / Avante Pop
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Come to Bed
4:42 $0.99
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2. Gesso
3:54 $0.99
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3. Heartquake
4:55 $0.99
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4. Bicycle Bell
1:01 $0.99
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5. Formless Scientific
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6. Ampm Three
2:53 $0.99
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7. Ampm Two
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8. Safer One
5:02 $0.99
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9. Safer Two
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11. The Color Blue
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
What happens when a young seamstress grows into a songstress? Just as strings stitch clothes together, they also run along the neck of her violin and inside the body of her piano. “The name of the band comes from an obsession with relating music and art you can touch and feel like fabric,” says Pamela Martinez, Teletextile’s vocalist and multi-instrumentalist. “I like the idea that fabric can surround you, and it can also change shape when you touch it. I think the clothes people wear communicate things about them. I made the word up. It’s like communicating – ‘tele’ and ‘textile’ – a feeling, or something you can feel.”

Teletextile is comprised of Martinez and keyboardist and electro-nerd Brian Hamilton. Encompassing an extensive array of instrumental talent - ranging from cello, violin, and harp to mallet percussion – the tasteful knack for electronic inflections atop Pamela’s strong control over the piano keys are the prominent compliments to her haunting vocals. With Care Package, Teletextile presents ten tracks that emote a sense of isolation and compositionally depict a warm invitation of vulnerability through such bare, lyrical honesty.

Teletextile is the offspring of the Pamela Martinez Band, who played around Boston for a few years during and after her stint at the Berklee College of Music. A four song EP, released in 2005 simply under the name Pamela Martinez, garnered national press coverage and radio play, praising her as America’s answer to Björk. Care Package, which was recorded at a variety of locations, showcases the vocal and instrumental virtuosity of Martinez and Hamilton, as well as a host of guest musicians.

“Gesso” begins with a verse of airy vocals and light piano, but darkly descends with a chorus containing minor chords and the addition of strings. Pamela’s vocals become louder and more assertive, her lyrics intricate and graphic. “Like when I’ve seen you tremble when you give birth to ideas and now they roam the earth / I want them to multiply in wordless language.” The layering of multiple vocal tracks and synth effects alongside the consistent piano create an eerie ambience that continues throughout Care Package.

“Bicycle Bell” is a track consisting solely of a single bell sample layered at different rates and times. The one-minute song blends effortlessly with its successor, “Formless Scientific,” which gives the bells form and direction. A violin enters, shortly followed by vocals, both containing a sense of urgency that culminates in a repetitive closing plea of, “I want to break down.”

Throughout, Care Package combines hypnotic instrumentals and Martinez’s gorgeous vocals. Take, for instance, the appropriately sequential “Safer One” and “Safer Two.” “One” is an array of plinked and plucked keys and strings, with a few electronic tracks setting a dreamy ambiance. Picking up and running with that ambiance, “Two” emanates the warmth that exists in the blanket folds, and is perhaps Martinez’s finest vocal performance on Care Package; a teary, beautiful love song that reminisces the subsiding chills from the beautiful opener, “Come To Bed.”

Another piece of Teletextile’s appeal is its visual stimulation. Having collaborated with dancers, computer and classical musicians, and video artists, the live manifestation of Teletextile’s vision is a breath of fresh air. Undoubtedly personal, Teletextile invites you to unwrap the care package, thinning the line between one’s heart and the rest of the world.

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Care Package Credits

( For Lyrics please see the Teletextile Blog )

Pamela Martinez: vocals, violin, piano, harp -
Brian Hamilton: piano, keyboards, bells, vocals -
Kristy Foye: cello, vocals - Liz Meredith: viola -
Karina Colis: percussion (2,7) -
Tucker Dawson: percussion(3) -
Songs 1,2,3,5,7 by Martinez;
4,6,11 by Hamilton;
8,9 by Teletextile -
Produced by: Hamilton, Martinez -
Co-produced by: Jordan Levantini, John Somers - E
ngineered by:Levantini, except 4,6,11 by Hamilton -
Mixed by: Levantini, Hamilton, Martinez - Mastered by:
Nick Zampiello at New Alliance Studios East -
Photography: Tiffany Seal -
Album Design: Janell Francios

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