Published Nov 23, 2016Throughout the 2000s, Telefon Tel Aviv contributed to the spread of IDM until the 2009 death of Charles Cooper marked an end for the New Orleans duo. After touring with Nine Inch Nails and Puscifer as a touring musician and releasing an LP as Sons of Magdalene in 2013, Telefon Tel Aviv surviving member Joshua Eustis has recently revived the name with hopes to release new music.
In the meantime, Michigan label Ghostly International has re-released their first, and arguably most celebrated LP, 2001's Fahrenheit Fair Enough. In addition to the album's original nine tracks — which blend skeletal, demanding backbeats with post-rock syncopation and disarming bursts of noise — the reissue includes demos and unreleased tracks from 1999, a full three years before they would release their debut. While the demo versions come off slightly different from the final product, the bonus tracks (frustratingly sequenced throughout the album rather than tacked on at the end) find Telefon Tel Aviv sounding much more stripped down, exploring single ideas or moods throughout each track.
With no real misstep evident throughout the reissue, Fahrenheit Fair Enough's 2016 edition shows a raw document of a fertile time for Telefon Tel Aviv, not to mention the scene that spawned them. (Ghostly International)