BabySue.com - Telescope
Although widely respected and rather successful in Canada where he resides, Steve Dawson remains relatively unknown in the United States. This fact will undoubtedly change over time. Telescope is the companion album to Dawson's recently released Waiting For the Lights To Come Up...mainly because both were recorded during the same time period...but that is where the similarities end. While Waiting features the cool, hummable guitar tunes Steve is mainly known for, Telescope takes off in a completely different direction. In 2005 Dawson began studying pedal steel guitar with guru Greg Leinsz (one of the most recorded steel players of all time). He eventually became comfortable enough with the instrument to record this album with supporting players Keith Lowe (bass), Chris Gestrin (keyboards), and Scott Amendola (drums). It was no shock to find that Tom Verlaine, Bill Frisell, and Brian Eno were influential in the creation of this music...but we were pleasantly surprised to note that Steve was also influenced by steel pioneers Japancakes. While Telescopes expands the uses of steel guitar, the album is by no means a noisy art creation. Mr. Dawson always provides quality listenable music...and there is plenty to be found on this album. Smooth, provocative tunes include "Caballero's Dream," "Speaker Damage," "Nailbiter," and "1000 Year Old Egg." Smooth and exotic. Recommended.