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by Telto

a serrated, atmospheric whirlpool of darkly melodic, raw songwriting…twisting many influences into a singular, pointed voice…dead serious and delirious fun at the same time.
Genre: Rock: Goth
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Janus
2:21 $0.99
2. 8 Ball in Your Fruit Bowl
3:46 $0.99
3. Over the Sink
5:14 $0.99
4. Buttonholes
5:03 $0.99
5. Someone Hollow Swallowed Me
2:26 $0.99
6. White Door Slam
3:23 $0.99
7. Anesthesia
5:17 $0.99
8. Blue
6:11 $0.99
9. Dog Eyes
4:01 $0.99
10. Laceration
4:43 $0.99
11. Touch
8:17 $0.99
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Album Notes
"Telto seems to take a perverse pleasure in collecting and listing [see] the disparate musical comparisons that arise when publications review Bugged. The comparisons vary broadly because Telto has found that all-important midpoint between label sampler variety and every-song-sounds-alike homogeneity; while Bugged can clearly be identified as Telto's work, there's no simple formula that can be applied to each song. Songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Leslie Dean is a creative dynamo, favoring unpredictable minor-key melodies and post-goth psychedelic sprawl over standard pop song progression. I'll add a few reference points for the band's trophy wall: their more rocking moments recall Fetchin' Bones, while Dean's passionately quirky vocal delivery hints not only at the mid-eighties 4AD stable, but also at the flat-out weirdness of Caterwaul (a band from the late '80s that I think I may have hallucinated). Every moment on Bugged builds toward the spectacular 'Touch,' which closes the disc with a gorgeous flood of sustained minor key angst. Dean works herself into a furious lather as the guitars peak in a cathartic explosion of sound. Even if the rest of the record fails to engage you - which I find doubtful - you'll listen to 'Touch' again and again."
- (review by Splendid Ezine)

"Gifted songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Leslie Dean should probably be making music for a living. Her raw rock songs have a taste of surf and a tinge of country and mix intelligent lyrics with excellent musicianship..."
- (review by Gangreen)

"Rocketing off the reel like a runaway truck, Telto dig deep into the groove...Leslie Dean is a terrific guitarist, pulling in country, funk, surf and jazz influences and twisting them together forcefully....She's just as compelling as a vocalist....Not to be overlooked are the fluid, jazzy chops of Stock...this rhythm section can turn on a dime." - (review by Alternative Press Magazine)

"...never imitative and occasionally a bit scary in its intensity. Dean's edgy, haunting voice preternaturally drew out her apocryphal, defiant lyrics...Plus, her guitar rocks - her rhythm and lines are unusual and imaginative. Meanwhile Stock beats the precise hell out of his powerful kit...His drumming uncannily complements Dean's changes from major to minor and the songs' shifts in rhythm. dead serious and delirious fun at the same time..." - (review by BAM Magazine)

Primarily the vision of guitarist/singer/songwriter, Leslie Dean, Telto is all about the songs. Dean began writing songs as a kid while growing up in rural northwest Arkansas. Her first experience performing with a band was with a folk/old-time country gospel quintet at age 14. Throughout her college years in Boston, Massachusetts, and later in San Francisco, Dean performed both in bands and solo before forming Telto in 1995. There is definitely a "Telto sound," largely defined by the distinctiveness of Dean's voice. Telto's raw, intense, and darkly melodic songs are textured with layers of electric and acoustic guitars, hypnotic grooves and rhythmic variety - kind of slightly country-flavored goth rock (or "hick goth" as Leslie Dean likes to say even though that description doesn't appeal to most people).

In its review of "Bugged," Webzine Delusions of Adequacy says, "the moody, darkly melodic and hauntingly lovely tracks are truly inspired" and Aiding & Abetting writes: "...Another way to look at it is that Telto works very hard to not sound like anyone else. These songs lurch, stumble, roll and slip along, sometimes smoothly and sometimes not. I think that the way that works is largely instinctual...Sounds good, anyways....And just when I think I've almost got a handle on things, Telto goes and does something different. That's pretty much priceless. As long as these folks keep trying to best themselves, I have a feeling they'll be making good music."



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Telto rocks
Simply put, this cd rocks. Telto is a throwback to times when a band could actually play a variety of different material on one album. They rock on 8 Ball and White Door Slam, but can pull you apart with emotional numbers like Anethesia. She mixes it up, dude.

And darn it if this Dean can't play that gui-tar. She does the Travis pickin power chord boogie.

And thank god that somebody can actually write good lyrics, y'know? Basically, Dean's songs are poems set to music. Not a lot of song lyrics can stand up apart from the music, but these can.

Don't be stupid. Buy it.

David Reidy

Worth the wait.
Leslie Dean spent 3-plus years making this record. She has the rare ability to conceive an entire project (and I mean hear every guitar part and every nuance and shade of the entire record) and stick with it until it is right.
And it is right.
"Bugged" is all substance and craft: it wouldn't have dated even if it took her ten years to make. Leslie constructs songs that combine compelling lyrics, sophisticated, multi-layered guitar counterpoint, and rich, original grooves, without sounding contrived, busy, or out of her depth. No mean feat. This record is huge.


Telto Captive
When I first heard Leslie Dean of Telto sing, it was live, solo, and SCARY. Her voice and lyrics were so raw and true, they cut. Her searing songs made me want to curl up and hide. But the rhythms of the songs and the lure of the unknown in her voice, music, and lyrics drew me in at the same time. They still do after many a listen. Add drums and bass to Leslie Dean and her guitars and she/Telto will rock you. The album Bugged is filled with fierce treats for listening pleasure. Leslie Dean's eerie and warm voice will ensnare and spirit you away to a forest filled with soft feathery creatures and lurking figures. Become a captive of Telto! I anxiously await the silvery, all purpose follow-up album.


beautiful journey from lilting gothic melodies to agressive punkish songs
great cd, pleasantly surprised by all other songs, truly loved Touch, Laceration but my personal favourite will always be
"Anesthesia" - What an amazing rendition of the poem - great companion while driving a car or otherwise...I love you TELTO!


US based Telto have a great style
Originating in 1995 as a duo & subsequently moving into a 3 piece outfit later, US based Telto have a great style that takes many forms across this album. The band play semi-punk feel songs that remind me a little of a slightly less aggressive Hole, while comfortably adding some haunting slower tracks throughout & also managing to have that 'epic' feel about a couple of the tracks here.

One of the catchiest aggressive numbers here is the unusual "8 Ball In Your Fruit Bowl", while the following couple of tracks, "Over The Sink" & the beautiful "Buttonholes", which are both of the slower variety of songs, where vocalist Leslie Dean's voice is at it's most impressive.

In similar fashion, there are some other superb moments, like "Anesthesia" & "Blue", which is my favourite alongside closing number "Touch", a real epic number at nearly 8 minutes or so, which manages to combine the best moments of the slower tracks, with the guitar oriented feel of the more aggressive numbers. Definitely worth a good hard listen.

Delusions Of Adequacy

darkly melodic and hauntingly lovely tracks are truly inspired
…‘Over the Sink’ comes on, slower, with a darkly melodic guitar line and Dean's vocals thickly textured….‘Buttonholes’ is even softer, very sparse and entirely driven by Dean's voice….Like its name, ‘Anesthesia’ is quiet and thick, with Dean's vocals layered and chilling. This track is quite lovely, with stellar bass and perfect guitar. ‘Dog Eyes’ is another darkly melodic track, with nice acoustic guitar. And the 8-minute closer, ‘Touch,’…with crisp, chilling guitar, good drumming, and Dean's vocals lofting to even new heights, especially by the end, as the music builds into a frenzied crescendo, and Dean screams as if her life is ending. Holy cow I love this song! It is so removed from the first track on the album, I think it must be a different band….the moody, darkly melodic and hauntingly lovely tracks are truly inspired and quite impressive. That's the reason why I listen to this album time and again...