Telefon Tel Aviv - Immolate Yourself
I thought I would squeak out one more review this year in honor of a great musician who passed away in 2009 just after the release of his album, Immolate Yourself. Telefon Tel Aviv was basically a duo between Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis. Cooper was found dead the week after Immolate Yourself was released. As of right now, Eustis has no plans to continue Telefon Tel Aviv.
It really is a shame because Immolate Yourself is a great electronica album. One that brims with energy and excitement while crossing new boundaries in sampling. The album opens up with a brilliant and inspirational track simply called "The Birds". I get a very vivid city-scape vision with this song. Then, not quite as upbeat, we get "Your Mouth". It's every bit as smart as the opening track, just a slower BPM. "M" starts out like they are playing underwater as the New Order-like track washes over you as it comes out from the depths. "Helen Of Troy" almost comes of industrial only with a little more techno edge.
I think Immolate Yourself is a great advancement for the already impressive New Orleans based electro artist. I will be very interested to see what will happen with Eustis. I think he will have some great success regardless of his musical path. He seems to have a great demand for composition. As for Cooper, you'll be missed. If not just for your contributions to this great band. Viva la Telefon Tel Aviv!
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