Elektric Voodoo, the Afrobeat-inspired psych dance-rock ensemble founded by Scott Tournet, just released the music video for their title track “Telescope.” Already being hailed by the press like Glide Magazine who stated, “Telescope encompasses a sonic parade of drums, horns, and guitars with a shake-up the masses mission.” The music video filmed by Michael Cacciabaudo perfectly captures the intimate recording session and vibe. “Telescope” is the second single from Elektric Voodoo’s upcoming album of the same name, due out August 20th. The band has also announced their first tour dates in support of the album kicking off August 7th. Full tour dates below.
Scott Tournet discusses the single, “I’ve been peering through a Telescope...looking at the world up close...but never opening up both eyes. These lyrics from the track summarize the plight of the main character through the first half of the record. On top of a heavy funk and afrobeat groove, this song stacks blissed out synths and delayed guitars that drift along with a song that could work in a stripped down singer-songwriter setting. An amalgamation of genres and elements that are disparate but blend in a natural way.”
When it came to the video, director Michael Cacciabaudo adds, “Telescope was a fun experiment where I played with different shutter speeds while the band was backed by changing party light. I knew that we would get some funky imagery that would give a different feel to the space. I’m fortunate enough to have collaborated on the post production with the very talented Nathan Henning who helped apply a polish to the video. I’m very glad that the concept translated clearly enough to turn into a nice music video.
Elektric Voodoo is comprised of an all-star ensemble with songwriter, guitarist and band leader Scott Tournet, Matt Bozzone (drums/percussion, vocals), Ty Kiernan (congas, timbales, percussion), Travis Klein (tenor sax, keyboards, guitar, percussion, vocals), Brad Nash (baritone sax, keyboards, percussion, vocals), and Luke Henning (bass, vocals, percussion). They first came together in 2016 around the time Tournet left the band he had built up for 12 years with Grace Potter and Nocturnals. Together they took a leap of faith to create something new. Tournet says, “We share a common creative vision and a true bond has been formed through many many hours together…on the road, in the rehearsal room, on endless phone calls during this crazy year of the pandemic. I think it can’t be stressed enough that we’ve really done this thing the old fashioned way and all of that heart is in the music. The music is pure in that way.”
Telescope is a concept album that presents a conscious shift from internal to external, and intended to be listened straight through. The album is 9-songs deep that tells a story of a journey through self-reflection, evaluation of mortality, confrontation of death and eventually dawns a new perspective. The new album was produced by the gold-selling producer and songwriter Scott Tournet who beautifully captured the energy and spirit of Elektric Voodoo’s live performance.
Elektric Voodoo has created a true analog sound acknowledged by Relix as, “intriguing, enticing and engaging all at the same time— evidence of Elektric Voodoo’s ability to cast a hypnotic spell.”
08/07 @ Mammoth Festival of Beers & Bluesaplooza – Mammoth Lakes, CA
08/13 @ Winston’s – San Diego, CA
08/15 @ Soundwell – Salt Lake City, UT
08/18 @ The Hook and Ladder Theater & Lounge – Minneapolis, MN
08/19 @ Ignition Music Garage - Goshen, IN
08/20 @ Beachland Ballroom – Cleveland, OH
08/21 @ Water Street Music Hall – Rochester, NY
08/22 @ The Tupelo Music Hall – Derry, NH
08/27 @ Michael Arnone's Crawfish Fest – Augusta, NJ
08/29 @ Rams Head On Stage – Annapolis, MD