Map of What is Effortless
Telefon Tel Aviv: Map of What is Effortless (January 2004) Map of What is Effortless is the second full-length album by American Electronica band Telefon Tel Aviv. Joshua Eustis and Charlie Cooper devised one of the most surprising and accessible electronic records in recent memory, at once underground and incredibly mainstream. Like all good adventures, Map of What is Effortless is diverse. From the Ron Isley-like vocal stylings of L.A. songwriter Damon Aaron and the detached chanteuse musings of L'Altra vocalist Lindsay Anderson on the big vocal cuts here (‘I Lied’ and ‘My Week Beats Your Year’) - to the juxtaposition of the Loyola University Chamber Orchestra with synthetic percussion on possibly the string drenched title cut. Map of What is Effortless is Telefon Tel Aviv flirting with big arenas and the homespun style of old, branching out from what they knew and cornering their muse with gorgeous results.