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Telefon Tel Aviv

January 16, 2009

On the first listening to Telefon Tel Aviv, whether it’s the debut album’s title track, ‘Fahrenheit Fair Enough’ or the 2nd album’s ‘What It Is Without The Hand That Wields It’, the image of a robot with severe vomiting problems comes to mind; maybe what HTML sounds like if R2D2 read it out aloud. It is only when you actually give it a second listen that you realise that all of these beeps and clicks are far from random. Each segment fits the audio jigsaw to near perfection, which brings to mind another question to ask yourself; how excruciating had this been to compose? The majority of us simply do not have the patience for such delicate activity.

Telefon Tel Aviv

Telefon Tel Aviv

In today’s world, I guess it’s no real surprise that all this work stems from just two friends and a laptop. The New Orleans pair claim to work on writing in between shows using public transport as their office; a smart move if you add up the time the most of us spend in airports and train stations doing nothing but glancing at the ‘departures’ screen.

But with their talent and extensive travels they have gained new friends in the music world through the great tool that is the remix; spanning from Nine Inch Nails, Radiohead, Bebel Gilberto, and Warp’s Prefuse 73.
One friend who has been spotted on the TT-A radar more than once is folk singer Lindsay Anderson, a girl who’s not afraid to step out of her creative comfort zone once in a while. Her vocals on the single ‘My Week Beats Your Year’ is a particular highlight. The combined power of the two parties produces a slick, seductive song that oozes with self confidence. You can only listen and grin with envy at the sheer intelligence of the songwriting at hand.

2009 marks change on all fronts for Telefon Tel Aviv. With a recent label change to Bpitch Control, the new record also represents a quest into new ground for the band, with more electro-pop influences than their traditional sound as heard on the song ‘Helen of Troy’. Due for release on January 20th, despite the promise of more synth than soul, it’s one to keep an eye on in 2009.

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