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Album Review

Televise is Calla's third album of strange, noise-infected indie pop. Static-filled drones hover and pulse and function in the way a rhythm section would in a traditional rock outfit. The band builds itself carefully around the electronics contributed by bassist/keyboardist Sean Donovan and drummer Wayne Magruder. Guitarist/vocalist Aurelio Valle's melodies don't stand out, particularly, except for their framing — and that alone is enough to make them function differently from most of Calla's contemporaries. Even forays into more traditional songwriting, such as "As Quick as It Comes/Carrera," are successful, revealing a tender, Yo La Tengo-like sound from the group — albeit equally informed by the ambient side, as demonstrated by the subtly stereo-panned drums on the same track. Televise is an impressive and adventurous — if occasionally mopey — collection of songs.

Customer Reviews


if you listen to astral over and over in las vegas, you may end up getting married to someone you just met. amazing album.


It's good to see itunes put this album in the store. Every song on this album hits heavy. Astral is an amazingly beautiful, and heatbreakingly sad song. This is very much the style of slowdive, and my bloody valentine. There are some good rock tracks like televised and strangler. As quick as it comes/carrera is the most epic track as it starts off slow and rises into a cathartic climax. This should be listened to by any shoegaze or slowcore fan.


Top 10 of all time. Calla's most accomplished work overall. Pete the killer and as quik as it comes/carrera
Are the definitive tracks. Haunting and perfect. The soundtrack to a buzz a nightmare, lost love and ghostlands...


Formed: 1997 in Brooklyn, NY

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Calla was formed in New York City in 1997 by Aurelio Valle (guitar, vocals), Sean Donovan (bass, keyboards, programming), and Wayne B. Magruder (percussion, programming). However, the band's origins can be traced to Texas in 1993, where Valle and Magruder began performing together in the Denton band the Factory Press. The band relocated to New York in 1995, recording The Smoky Ends of a Burnt out Day with producers Kid Congo Powers and Matt Verta-Ray. The group split in 1997 and the album was not...
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