Shining’s Jørgen Munkeby and Chimp Spanner’s Paul Ortiz Guest on Poetry in Telegrams Track “Breathing”


I wasn’t previously familiar with Poetry in Telegrams, but based on “Breathing,” from their forthcoming third EP, Melancholy, I’m having a serious case of FOMO.

The new track features Shining saxophonist (and frontman) Jørgen Munkeby and Chimp Spanner mastermind Paul Ortiz (playing drums here), so perhaps this one is more metal-tilted than most (I plan on diving into their discography immediately upon finishing this writeup to find out). But it’s fantastic! Munkeby gets a sax solo that lasts over a minute to open the track, before it opens up into a mid-paced, post/prog, atmospheric metal assault with sweet, emotive vocals reminiscent Jeff Buckley. How’s that for an eclectic — and original — mix?

Here’s some press copy for a bit of background:

The head of POETRY IN TELEGRAMS is Johny Štefeček [read: ʃtefetʃek]. After playing in several bands, he decided to work in his own minimalist format – a duo, consisting of himself (7-string guitar, vocals) and a guest drummer. The first EP was recorded in collaboration with Thomas Lang (drums) and Roland Grapow (mixing and mastering). The drummer on ‘The Phases’ and ‘Melancholy’ was Paul Antonio Ortiz, the head of Chimp Spanner (UK).

Thomas Lang played with this guy on a past EP? Jeez, we really have been missing out.

In any case, check out the song below and visit Poetry in Telegrams on Facebook.

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