Teledrome is the musical alias of Ryan Sadler, who writes and records from his basement in Calgary. His debut full-length is a continuation of the brand of industrialized synth-punk he first explored on a 2012 EP for HoZac Records.
Teledrome is a hybrid, a dizzying combo of glazed guitars, stern synthesizers and rigid, electronic drumming. There are nods to pop and punk, but the album chiefly draws from both coldwave and goth. The resulting sound is almost retro-futurist — sleek, cold, steel-plated, herky-jerk and neon-lit.
Dour vocals creep out from behind swirling synths in the brooding “New Motion,” feeling like a lost Gary Numan number. “Parallel” jumps and kicks, white-hot synths shooting laser-like across driving dance rhythms. The whole thing plays like a glimpse of the future, circa 1982.