Telefon Tel Aviv, a New Orleans act, put out their IDM-flavoured Fahrenheit Fair Enough in 2001, where it sat looking enviously at the (comparatively) busy IDM scene across the pond in the UK. But the American source gave the group access to the house and techno traditions of Chicago and Detroit, making this an exciting hybrid record that can still excite today. Reissue by Ghostly International.
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I'm so happy. One of the great electronic albums of the early 2000s has been reissued on gatefold vinyl and I've just spotted that the first track has 468477 views on youtube. All of a sudden I feel less alone in the world.
It's a magnificent album which blends rhodes-heavy jazzy electronica with frantic cut ups and gorgeous guitar trills. Everything you could perhaps ever need happens in the opening title track. An absolutely gorgeous piece in which the pair of producers combine travel-ready atmospherics with skittering bloops and incredible attention to detail. 'TTTV' expands on this - they must have spent hours piecing this thing together - in each ear the busy electronics flutter away whilst on top the most beautiful flute line provides the melodic counterpart.
Telefon Tel Aviv have here combined three or four disparate elements in their music - namely evocative atmospherics, click and cut programming and an almost neo-classical approach to melody. Therefore some songs sound like several possible directions in music all playing at once but it never loses focus. As a fan of guitar music I'm always happy to see guitars used in electronic music and Telefon Tel Aviv really knew how to integrate guitars within the realm of pulsating and sometimes funky electronics.
It's an absolute gem. The band never really made another quite like it and sadly one half of the pair Charlie Cooper passed away in 2009. It really does still sound like something that has never quite been repeated. Machine Drum has done similar things by contrasting seemingly alien sounds but never quite with the rich beauty exposed here. We hesitate to use the word 'fusion' sometimes but that's what this is - a glorious fusion of sound.
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