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Expanding on the opening song from Telefon Tel Aviv’s 2009 album Immolate Yourself, Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper start off the 2012 EP The Birds with a title track that owes more to '80s synth-pop than the IDM style the duo began with. The vocals even sound like a young Dave Gahan from Depeche Mode singing skittering beats. Cocteau Twins’ six-string wizard Robin Guthrie lends his otherworldly guitar sounds to “The Sky Is Black,” which sounds a bit like a post-goth–influenced Sade cooing over subtle techno trimmings. Eustis and Cooper lend their title track to Berlin IDM producer Ellen Allien, who drops her signature soothing bass and downpitched ambient dance accoutrements. Allien’s remix also cleverly manipulates the singing to pulse along with her selected rhythms. Microhouse producer Matthew Dear also lends his King Midas touch to the tune, creating a remix that puts a bass guitar's natural resonance upfront and then loops the riff with all other rhythms working in the periphery.

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So good, its depressing!

I have listened to these two for awhile now and I have to say, this is far from disappointing to my ears. It is really a shame Charles had to go off and die on us! He and this band are dearly missed!! Lets just hope that Josh keeps old Chucks spirit echoing through our head holes in the near future! I am also curious as to the status of TTA, as nothing I could find explains this new material.


Formed: 1999 in New Orleans, LA

Genre: Electronic

Years Active: '90s, '00s

New Orleans, LA experimental electronic duo Telefon Tel Aviv -- high school friends Joshua Eustis and Charles Cooper -- formed in 1999. After a four-song demo made its way to John Hughes III's Hefty label, the duo issued their debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, in September 2001. This was just less than two weeks after the limited Midwest opening of New Port South, a film written by Hughes' brother James that featured material from the album, in addition to recordings by John Hughes III's TTA-assisted...
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