Telescope Thieves Talks Quiet Hearts EP and 12-Hour Days: "I Worked to the Final Hour"
They say nothing worth having comes without hard work, and that's certainly true for Telescopic Thieves' Mario De Los Santos. Despite a ten-day (and counting) workday streak, he's forgoing sleep tonight to invade Slap & Tickle at Bardot and celebrate the release of his new four-song release, Quiet Hearts, on Space Tape Records.
It is one of those EPs that should make you proud of your city. That someone local is making something so soulful, deeply heartfelt, yet pleasantly danceable is something worth coming out to support. If De Los Santos can find time to write music this good during Heat game commercials, you can probably find the energy to attend his no-cover release party.
De Los Santos has been making music for the past decade, sometimes working with bands, sometimes making beats on his own. The experience shines through in the maturity of his music. It's not easy to write songs with this much depth.
"I feel like that's what I'm most proud of with the EP," he says. "My first and earliest music, as far as beats, was really introspective, I would say introverted kind of music. It was just me experimenting and stuff. I feel like with this EP, it's the first time I am at the point where it's a little bit experimental, deep and emotional, but it's still fun. People could easily consume it."
The lead single, "SLW," was released about a month ago as a teaser and definitely carries the strongest hook, but the EP's title track, "Quiet Hearts," and closing beat, "Andromeda," pack their own bouncy punches. They've all got that meditative, space-age lounge sound to them, at times reminiscent of everything from XXYYXX to the Knife to a turned-down Mike Oldfield. It's very much a fitting addition to the whole "future beats" movement.
Though it's four songs long, De Los Santos insists the experience was meticulous.
"I do a lot of drafts on songs," he says. "They'll start off one way and end up very different because I've been working on them forever."
He hit a creative streak this year after quitting his job of five years.
"I was done with it, just wasn't happy there anymore," he explains. "The people I worked with were cool, I just didn't want to do the job anymore. I told them, 'Hey, a month from now, I'm gone, so get ready.'"