Telefon Tel Aviv Essentials

Telefon Tel Aviv Essentials

Across three albums they recorded while living in Chicago in the 2000s, Telefon Tel Aviv’s Charlie Cooper and Josh Eustis fused IDM, shoegaze and electro-pop into a bittersweet synthesis of the technology-forward and the heartstring-tugging, like an emo take on ambient. After Cooper’s death in 2009, Eustis pursued other activities, like his solo alias Sons of Magdalene. But he returned in 2019 with Dreams Are Not Enough, which paired the broken rhythms of his side project Second Woman with TTA’s habitual yearning, yielding both melancholy synth-pop and bleak, witching-hour drone—and underscoring the remarkable consistency of this devastatingly expressive, restlessly experimental act.

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