Telefon Tel Aviv, a return to New Orleans_lowres


Telefon Tel Aviv's 2001 debut Fahrenheit Fair Enough is the rare release that's proved to be both ahead of and behind its time. Too late for the 1990s boom of Tortoise-paced post-rock and Aphex Twin-lorded IDM (second "intelligent dance music" reference in as many weeks, apologies) and too early for the mushroom-clouded festival crowds of electronic dance music that followed, it existed until recently in a sort of LP purgatory, beloved by New Orleans supporters (whose burg had never produced anything like it), admired by genre fans outside the city and mostly missed by the masses. Revisiting it now — after a 2016 reissue on Ghostly International and a surprising group reboot, eight years after the 2009 death of Charles Cooper, by surviving member Joshua Eustis — reveals a quiet classic that belongs alongside other nostalgic callbacks of the Y2K era, from Plaid to Prefuse 73 to The Mercury Program, whose android albums blurred the line between electronic pulses and melodic impulse. Eustis, now based in Chicago, packaged with the reissue eight additional "Archive '99" songs (including a couple of pre-cut album tracks) that add valuable subtext for the asterisk-shaped detours the duo would take on every subsequent record. There's not much of a shared aesthetic between Fahrenheit Fair Enough and any of Eustis' recent compositions, either as Telefon Tel Aviv or via his long-gestating solo project, Sons of Magdalene. But that uncommon ground is what makes it all worth hearing. Second Woman and Matt Scott open. Tickets $12 in advance, $15 day of show.