Tel Aviv, The Shape of Fiction

Mike McGonigal

By Mike McGonigal

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Slowcore…with a TeenBeat twist.

TeenBeat's major contribution to the slowcore movement is this 1997 release from the breathy, Kentucky-based Tel Aviv. On the surface, Tel Aviv sounds similar to Mark Robinson's Unrest — at least their more moody numbers. But this is far more restrained and single-minded than that group ever were (even on this, their most varied effort). Slowly evolving guitar-based tracks segue to weird little electronic drum and melodica propelled parlor lounge pop songs. The rad thing is that these songs tend emotionally to have light and breezy resonances to them, where in almost anyone else's hands they'd be dreadfully dour ditties.