The brother of Martin (Rheostatics) and John (Metal Kites), Doug
has become a fixture of Toronto’s underground music scene, using his
talents in a variety of local acts such as The Silt, Drumheller, and The
Reveries, alongside contemporaries such as Ryan Driver and Eric
Hints of African high life, British folk, free-improvisation, Brazilian spirituals and
blue eyed soul gracefully come together in Doug Tielli's second release, Keresley.
The record is a wide spray of textures, dynamics and styles and feels unified by
Doug’s fluid voice and musicianship. Voice, guitar, percussion and brass don't just
outline a melody, they resonate as one with grace and simplicity. Doug Tielli uses
his songs to translate the natural and the un-natural world around him. These tran
slations have become the sonic environment of Keresley.
Named after the village-come-suburb, Keresley, on the outskirts of Coventry
England, where, after a short U.K. tour, Doug took up temporary residence after
missing a flight back to his home in Toronto. He spent the next two months walking
a dog, drawing, dreaming, and recording this album. The sounds and songs of
Keresley are as natural and unlaboured as the world Doug Tielli describes:
“The magic of Keresley is not on the surface. Those fields under all kinds of skies
are always wondrous. The grass got long, and filled with wildflowers, and red-purple
grasses, the sky rolled with low, heavy clouds, and occasionally sun, flitted with
birds. Fathers and sons, old Scotsmen ... everyone with a dog … would share a
few words and stories with me from time to time.
When the grass was tall enough - in June or so, I lay down, fully hidden to any who
passed by ... though I did worry that I would be spotted somehow, and thought
unusual - which I am and am not at the same time, you know what I mean.”
The music on Keresley is like all of this and that - both unusual and familiar. It
sounds like many different worlds, but is really just one world seen through different
kaleidoscopes of perception. The songs also seem to come from a deep internal
communication – dreams, the unconscious, the network of creativity – a sense of
wonder in how things have come to be. Of a couple of the songs on Keresley, Doug
"… sometimes songs come out and I just let them be. I have no fixed memory of where some songs come from … sometimes I am not too sure what the words mean either ...?I like that ambiguity - when I have no fixed idea of what something means, I can interact with it freshly, from the same place as someone hearing it for the first time, or even just as sound…"
“The words came to me first thing in the morning after a night of sleeping and
singing the tune all night long - a stream of consciousness tale - the coming to be of
a man-earth being, and his dissolution and reconsumation by the elements, by the
forest. A jumble of the cosmic cycle.”
Kerelsey is an album of communication both inward and outward, born of a love of the earth and those who walk upon it. Somehow through going on walks in a suburb, of a mid-sized city in two of the rainiest months in recent history in England, we are transported through history and geography, from Africa, to America, to the 50's, to folk music immemorial, to the free jazz of the 60's, abstract prickly sounds, and warm grooviness, and unknown South American Spiritual hymns.
Doug Tielli has made a very a human record, one that speaks of a love of the
landscape and those who walk upon it.
Keresley is released on CD/LP and download now.