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.