i'm reading a book. blake came in with a chorus. we noodled around for a bit, blake threw together some more chords for a second section. adrian dredged up some old rhythm loops, added some old lyrics for the second section, bec created some melodika riffage and ellie vamped on the organ. an hour and a half later and the bones of a new song rolled out.


lullaby. words and music by adrian. this song actually appeared on the first ever telafonica demo, many many years ago, as a solo voice with acoustic guitar backing song. thinking it might make a nice bookend with the other track we started working on tonight (hush, hush my father), we began to create some vocal arrangements for it as well.


words by bec
music by adrian and bec

an old 20th Project (www.cabinetpin.com/20th) song written by bec and adrian. having never been developed past that first demo, we thought we'd give it a go now. a possible closing track for the new album. here, we work on vocal harmonies.


6.2.14 from Telafonica on Vimeo.

'home song', an old song of ellie's that's never been quite developed. there's some nice bottom end going on that you won't hear on your laptop speakers, so plug into a decent system. and watch out for pesky mosquitos.


30.12.13c from Telafonica on Vimeo.

a fairly different type of track. this one has been hanging around adrian's head for a long long time. it might finally get developed to completion. needs some chorus lyrics.


a barebones sketch of a track called 'you, me and the missionary', words by bec, music by adrian. there's another part to this which is the four part harmonies sung to a backing track. no one's singing harmonies here because it's still all to fresh to be able to play and sing simultaneously.

the vocals to go with the last track uploaded. :)


Slightly more developed version of something we began earlier in the year.


Ellie was running a bit late so Bec, Blake and Adrian decided to start something completely from scratch. Bec had a title (Comfort Junkie) and a rhythm feel she wanted to use, Blake and Adrian each had a chord sequence. Put the three together, throw Ellie in to the mix when she arrives, and here you have it.


The ABC Jugband - Merry Christmas (I Don't Want To Fight Tonight)

The ABC Jugband
(featuring Blake, Ellie, Rebecca and Adrian from Telafonica, + Matt from St Jambience, Cory, Costa and Æowyn on tap dancing)
covering The Ramones' christmas song for the compilation
I Saw Three Ships (click to get the free download)


Sister Zephyr EP

Released October 28, 2013

Inspired by Australia's awesome community radio networks, Telafonica are having a supporter drive. But, instead of asking for your support via money, we're asking for your e-mail address. This means we can keep you informed about our comings and goings, gigs, new releases etc.

In return, you get a download of our new EP, four tracks (plus a radio edit of one of them) of indie-electronic goodness, clocking in at 35 minutes worth of music.

As well as the regular audio, we've also included some enhanced visual versions of the tracks. These consist of custom artwork and lyrics for each track which appear on the screen of your digital music player as you listen. Think of them as a new media half-way house between video clips and the liner notes on traditional physical releases.

The music on the EP sees a sleeker electronic focus return to the Telafonica sound palette. Inspired by some of the usual suspects – Underworld, LCD Soundsystem, Sufjan Stevens, Ricardo Villalobos – the tracks are all sprawling, growing electronic impulses overlaid with earworm vocal melodies and lyrics exploring the nature of human existence.

Title track, 'Sister Zephyr', has been a live staple for some time now and was originally developed alongside the tracks from Telafonica's 2011 album – Sleeping With The Fishermen. It didn't quite fit with the sonics of the rest of the tracks at the time, however, so the recording was put to the side and returned to this year where it has been given its own life. Written in response to a loved one having a serious brain haemorrhage, it searches for joy and comfort within pain.

'Sister You Have' was largely written by Rebecca as a gift for fellow band member Ellie when the latter announced she would be getting married in late 2012. It's flowing melodies and building harmonies a euphoric celebration.

'Ask Me' is a song snippet embedded in an insistent dancefloor groove, turning itself into abstract contortions as it grows.

And, finally, 'The Thickness Of White' is a leftover instrumental track created by Adrian and Blake back in 2009 which has never found a home to fit elsewhere, even though it was loved enough to be tried out in all Telafonica releases since then. Finally, it has somewhere to sit comfortably and so can now meander moodily to its own heart's content.



2013 video diary no.3

1.2.13 from Telafonica on Vimeo.

eliza's first song for our new batch. this one's called 'what remains'.