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  • 09/23/2008

Telefon Tel Aviv "Helen of Troy"

New Orleans-based duo Telefon Tel Aviv has signed to BPitch Control and will release its third official full-length, Immolate Yourself, on January 20, 2009. This album–their first in five years–is made almost entirely with analog synths, due to the band's growing disinterest in guitars.

The tense opening chord of “Helen of Troy” hangs menacingly above crisp percussion until plunky new-wave synths rush in like a breaking rain shower. Timid vocals from bandmates Charles Cooper and Joshua Eustis waft into the storm and blossom harmoniously, growing warmer still into a glowing, infectious pop chorus. Just as your mind begins to crave another round of retro melodic crooning, the song comes to an end. If this sounds good to you, catch them on tour this fall with Ghostly’s Matthew Dear. Lulu McAllister


Average: 8.2 (120 votes)

6 comments Helen of Troy

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/24/2008 - 09:41

Can't wait. Amazing new sound from TTA yet again.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 09/27/2008 - 06:43

this is soo crazy! awesome, but definitely not the telefon I know...

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 09/28/2008 - 10:01


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 09/28/2008 - 19:53

Where are the old cuts and breaks of Telefon??

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Mon, 09/29/2008 - 10:06

Probably back in 2001 where they belong. I don't think I've ever heard them use a break either for that matter? This is pretty fresh stuff.

m (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 12/06/2008 - 08:19

look fwd for the full released.
seems like a mixture of new order/ joy division / squarepusher.. but maybe there's more to it in other tracks.

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