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IS IT?

Teliof

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4.44 | 32 ratings | 2 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 2008

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. They Believe We Exist (3:43)
2. Die for Us (5:25)
3. It Is! (1) (3:22)
4. It Is! (2) (3:57)
5. It Is! (3) (2:17)
6. It Is! (4) (1:15)
7. It Is! (5) (2:58)
8. It Is! (6) (3:39)
9. It Is! (7) (6:30)
10. Piece of Cake (4:05)
11. Flirting with Hope (1:41)
12. Five to Dusk (3:12)
13. Candy Rehab (1:36)
14. All of the Above (1:28)

Total Time 45:08

Line-up / Musicians

- Lior Arinos / drums, percussions
- Avsha Elan / guitars, bass
- Yuval Aviguy / guitars
- Kristine Sykes / vocals, flute
- Roei Remez / Keyboards
- Tali Rubenstein, Niv Haramati, Sharon Dubester / recorder, melodicxa, flute
- Chris Dagley, Gil Idan, Elad Fish, Joe Whisky / drums, percussion
- Rooly Eliezerov / saxophone
- Emily Bennet, Maayan Carmelie / violin
Tal Gilbert-Khun / double bass
- Keren Cohen, Maya Grosman, Shir Deutch, Ravid Kahalanie, Liat Kerbel, Limor Ilan, Shelly Avigy, Efrat Aviguy, Eitan Lavy, Richard carter / additional vocals

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TELIOF Is It? ratings distribution


4.44
(32 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
25%
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(38%)
38%
Good, but non-essential (31%)
31%
Collectors/fans only (3%)
3%
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)
3%

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Review by Windhawk
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator
5 stars This debut album by Israeli outfit Teliof was a real nice surprise.

If not truly unique then at least wonderfully adventurous music is what's presented here; where even brief compositions lasting less than 2 minutes can incorporate segments with a great variety of different styles.

Actually, few of the compositions presented stay within one type of music; they are all swirling, wandering creations floating from on style to another or; in most cases; blending elements from a variety of different styles into a whole. The styles most often visited in these compositions are folk music, classical symphonic music, jazz, fusion, symphonic progressive rock and a few different types of art rock. More genres can probably be added by the truckload though, depending on what types of music you're familiar with and how narrow you define your music.

Anyhow, we're served highly melodic songs, with harmonizing as well as dissonant elements; quite a few times served at the same time. The compositions are constantly changing and evolving, yet always manage to create a strong feeling of being one creation rather than a patchwork of different segments thrown together; this a direct result of highly skilled and well planned use of instruments and melodic fragments taking the song forward yet maintaining elements from one or more previous parts.

Highly recommended to followers of progressive rock as well as those who enjoy truly adventurous music.

Review by DamoXt7942
FORUM & SITE ADMIN GROUP Avant/Cross/Neo/Post Teams
5 stars What a terrific soundscape.

An Israeli combo TELIOF's debut album "Is It?" has been released in 2008 as one of amazing stuffs all over the progressive rock world. It's apparent they've got extremely influenced by 70s British progressive rock especially Genesis or Earth & Fire (as for the latter, through the second track "Die For Us" we can hear their chorus texture obviously like "Song Of The Marching Children"), but crazy amazingly they should not play tiny imitation nor simple mixture of the pioneers.

Their complicated melodic structure blended with pop and catchy nuance sounds quite serious but charming. Such a fascinating phenomenon can be directly heard in the first track "They Believe We Exist" ... where we can accept easily and enjoyably what they've launched cynically, violently and weirdly. The female voices based upon fine male chorus are clearly delightful. we should get immersed into their sound kaleidoscope created, crystallized with all instruments (especially the electric piano) as a sound chaser, and get drenched in their energetic sound magma.

The third (and the longest) track "It Is" suite is kinda theatrical architecture. Easily able to imagine they have played fully with hope and relax in a studio. It's surprising every single member and instrument explodes forward his/her/its attitude and intention. No part cannot be beaten by other ones, and all are harmonized and synchronized perfectly. And another interest is that there is little minor key nor negative atmosphere all over the suite. Of our comfort are tremendously fine, fantastic melodic / sound footsteps from the beginning until the end. Yes 24 minutes will go away from our ear soon. Even the last two short tracks are sorta killers seasoned with incredible instrumental spices like violin madness or saxophone drone.

We can send them ungrudging admiration, the loudest applause via such a stimulating sound elegance definitely.

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