Sure, ‘Telescope’ might have an ear for a laidback and juicy melody, but it also sacrifices the best part of the motorik rhythm: a taut velocity. Instead of sounding epic, it is distinctly lacking in tension, stumbling through its eleven-minute running time with its head cocked backwards. Usher and Pearson do know how to make a hook burrow, but with ‘Telescope’ they’ve top-loaded the track—the weave of melodies in ‘Trauermusik’ have been replaced with a tangle.
In the end, the strengths of Partial Arts don’t hit quite as hard the second time around. You could say it’s a track that’d make a great opening to an album but framed all wrong for a single (Perhaps Partial Arts would be most comfortable as an album project?) Oh, and the less said about the Radio Slave remix the better, sadly.