5 Novembre 2021
From CANADA 📌
London-based Dimple Discs has announced they will release the debut album from Telefís (the Irish Gaelic word for Television, pronounced Tele-feesh), a collaboration between two acclaimed Irish iconoclasts, producer/ mixer/ composer Garret "Jacknife" Lee (U2, R.E.M., Modest Mouse, The Cars, The Killers, Snow Patrol, Crystal Castles, Editors, Taylor Swift) and singer-songwriter Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney, The Fatima Mansions and many acclaimed solo works) on February 11. Ahead of that, they present 'Mister Imperator (Dub Mix)', an invigorated and deliciously twisted new take on the duo's recently-released 'Mister Imperator' single.
Titled 'a hAon' (Number One), this is a highly unique 13-track album that is part celebration, part satire, in which Telefís explores nostalgia, as experienced in the present day, by natives of what was formerly a culturally sealed-off small country on the very fringes of Europe. It also points a critical finger at today’s global hierarchies, an inspiration for the strange characters and caricatures that spring from Coughlan's fertile imagination. Stark forms of imagery, bizarre to the modern eye and ear but treated as routine in the pre-globalization world, are pushed at the listener and viewer.
The second single from the album, 'Mister Imperator' is a deliciously retro-electro affair that loosely recounts the tale of a beloved pianist, who was a light entertainment staple of early TV fare dating back to the first broadcasts in The Irish Republic in 1961.
With Jacknife now based in Los Angeles and Cathal based in London, the two spent 2020 trading ideas and musical files during lockdown, hatching plans for a satirical, mischievous examination of Irish history and the pop culture of their lifetimes, what the two have labelled "a corrosive nostalgia".
"I'd just finished mangling a Luke Haines and Peter Buck record. Luke knows Cathal and re-introduced us. On the first or second correspondence we thought we should make some music together. Music is probably the only way I can properly communicate with someone. I sent Cathal the backing track that would become 'We Need' and he sent me back the vocal and we went back and forth from there. Lockdowns and travel restrictions forced us to work remotely, and I think helped us get to where we got so quickly," says Jacknife Lee.
"Cathal is, without doubt, one of the finest lyricists of our time and writes like no one else. Some of the vocals he sent over made me burst out laughing with giddiness and delight at the novelty of them. Mischievous, dark, arcane, crispy fresh, and always unexpected. Every song with a backstory that could be a novel. This is easily the most enjoyable and rewarding music that I've been involved with".
Indeed, evidence of Coughlan’s lyrical ingenuity and artistry was on full display earlier this year when he returned after a 10-year absence with a highly acclaimed solo album 'Song Of Co-Aklan’.
On the musical side, Jacknife Lee uses his extensive sonic palette to create an irresistible mix of cinematic instrumentals and electro-funk backdrops full of melodic, squelchy synths and thunderous bass-lines, often with a cheeky nod to electro-pop history. He has also created remixes for such artists as Radiohead, U2, Blur, Run-DMC, Pink, Future Sound of London, Christina Aguilera, TLC, Missy Elliott, Busta Rhymes, Eminem, The Raveonettes, Kraftwerk, New Order and Kasabian.
Cathal observes, "Collaborating in this way, with a dynamic and consummate artist, who has access to a wide range of skills that I don't have, but with whom I share many common interests and cultural/historical reference points, has been one of the highlights of my creative life. It's made me so glad that I've been able to remain active for long enough to see something like this happen. Easily as spontaneous and full of surprises as any in-person collaboration, it’s shaken loose many weird and hopefully wonderful things in my verbal workshop. And nobody has heard me use my voice in some of these ways before now, either".
As of 📌 November 5, 'Mister Imperator (Dub Mix)' will be available everywhere digitally, including Spotify, Apple Music and Bandcamp. On 📌 February 11, the 'a hAon' LP will be released on CD and vinyl (both with a two-sided lyric sheet insert) and can be pre-ordered at https://ffm.to/telefisahaon. It will also be released on all digital platforms, available at https://orcd.co/
"This is actually a dancepop monster, channelling ‘Stop Making Sense’-era Talking Heads with acute contemporary social commentary" ~ Is This Music?
"The first offerings from these Irish music legends sounds as stunning as the best of Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem, to draw just two parallels. This project may be rooted in the insular cultural experience of a small country, but just watch them take the world by storm with this big sound and vision here and now" ~ The Spill Magazine
"Garret “Jacknife” Lee – the man who left punk guitar behind for the delights of big breaks like “Bursting Off The Backbeat” before finding his métier as an in-demand producer for U2, The Killers, Modest Mouse and more. He’s on record as saying that if he doesn’t make noise, he gets very grumpy; what mischief can the two of them be cooking up?” ~ Backseat Mafia
"...full of percussive synth-driven rhythms and vocals" ~ Hot Press
Mister Imperator (Dub Mix)
5 November 2021
All tracks written by Cathal Coughlan and Jacknife Lee except “Archbishop Beardmouth At The ChemOlympics” and “There Goes Waterface” co-written by Davide Rossi
Extra vocals on “Sex Bunting” by Melissa Garner Lee, on “Ballytransnational” by Esme Lee, on “Mister Imperator” by Betsey Lee
Drums on “Ballytransnational” by Matt Bishop
Strings on “Stampede” by Davide Rossi
Horns on “Picadors” by Jordan Katz
Extra production on “Archbishop Beardmouth At The ChemOlympics” and “There Goes Waterface” by Davide Rossi
Mastered by Anthony Chapman
Artwork by Jacknife Lee
Published by Besme Music / Schubert Music
01. Seo É Glór Na Teilifíse
02. Mister Imperator
03. We Need
04. Falun Gong Dancer
05. The Symphonies Of Danny La Rue
06. Archbishop Beardmouth At The ChemOlympics
07. The Imperial Angelus
08. Sex Bunting
10. There Goes Waterface
13. Stop The Lights
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DIFFUSION NOVEMBER, 1st, 2021