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in the early 2000s around the end of my time in undergrad i discovered APHEX TWIN and AMBIENT music in general. and it was a consciousness expanding experience for me in that it transformed what my core expectations were as a listener regarding the EMOTIVE and PSYCHIC possibilities of music. it was no longer about hooks and melodies per se, but now more about COLOR, TEXTURE, SCOPE and DEPTH OF FIELD. my expectations in essence became much more CINEMATIC in nature.
that was the scenario i was in when i discovered the CHICAGO-by-way-of-NEW ORLEANS electronic duo TELEFON TEL AVIV made up of CHARLES COOPER and JOSHUA EUSTIS and specifically their two albums FAHRENHEIT FAIR ENOUGH (HEFTY!, 2001) and MAP OF WHAT IS EFFORTLESS (HEFTY!, 2004). the best way i can describe their sound is that it was expansive yet contained and had a sense of dynamism in how incorporated ORGANIC and SYNTHETIC sounds. it had the lift and cinematic quality of AMBIENT music while being more direct, compact and impactful. i still look at TELEFON TEL AVIV as a gateway drug to later groups i discovered like BONOBO and BOARDS OF CANADA among many others.
sadly COOPER past away in 2009 and EUSTIS has been busy since as an in-demand collaborator, remixer, producer and touring musician and has worked with the likes of NINE INCH NAILS, A PERFECT CIRCLE, BLACK LIGHT BURNS, THE BLACK QUEEN and PUSCIFER. he has released work as SECOND WOMAN and SONS OF MAGDALENE over the years as well.
if you are unfamiliar with the work of TELEFON TEL AVIV or EUSTIS then i highly suggest you check them both out. most definitely worth it.