Sunday, January 18, 2004

Telefon Tel Aviv - Map of What is Effortless (Hefty Records) release date: January 27, 2004
Telefon Tel Aviv's debut album, Fahrenheit Fair Enough, was filled with gorgeous downtempo IDM soundscapes that contained the right amount of glitches and bleeps to attain a level of uniqueness in a genre flooded with sameness. The band has not neglected this style on their new release, Map of What is Effortless, but have improved on production and have taken the music in a variety of directions, from a beaty Massive Attack-flavoured "Bubble and Spike" to the moving orchestral title track (which would fit perfectly on a film score). The addition of vocalists requires TTA fans to adjust to the change, but after a few listens, you realize that the band has chosen the right type of voices to enhance the music. Only "My Week Beats Your Year" really goes off track, with a chorus almost akin to house music, but TTA succeed in making a killer dance track. The album closes with "At the Edge of the World You Will Still Float," and song that contains a similar pacing and feel to the Basement Jaxx' Kish Kash closer, "Feels Like Home." With the downtempo feel and gorgeous soulful vocals, TTA bring their brilliant new journey to an end.

posted by Jonathan


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