Boomkat Product Review:
Ghostly International reissue Fahrenheit Fair Enough, the intricate debut album from Telefon Tel Aviv.
Telefon Tel Aviv produced 5 original releases prior to the accidental death of the bands' Charles Cooper in 2009, including this, their first release for Chicago-based Hefty Records. TT converge their interests in modern/contemporary electronic music, carefully crafted & passionate compositions/arrangements, lush fragile melodies & harmonic interplay. Always seamlessly managing to keep their instrumental music equation full of life (organic, if you will) and ever-changing, achieving impressive results along the way. On Fahrenheit Fair Enough, the duo often blends elements of atmospheric sounds & synths that echo, ebb & swell, melodies that float & flutter, while hi-end percussion/beats, slip, slither & stomp with a calculated lubricious flow.
Title track 'Fahrenheit Fair Enough', pulls together many of the themes of the record, with warm resonant Rhodes keys loop a longing tone melody, live-sounding percussion morphs with an affected downtempo electra beat stutter. Eventually this slips into a swift, glassy rhythm with slick precision, a bass guitar keeps things grounded & grooving, while guitars hold beautiful cyclical & soaring melodies, all of this building up to 4 1/2 minutes into the song at which point, unexpected hand claps enter the mix, sending things off to blissful heights. A near perfect song, if we ever heard one.
Fahrenheit Fair Enough is a signal accomplishment that is endearing for it's vast colors, graceful qualities, fluid cohesion and inviting accessibility. If you're partial to the more electronic side of Tortoise, then this is lush.