The final salvo from the recently released and much applauded Telefís album ‘a hAon’ is the ‘Archbishop Beardmouth At The ChemOlympics’ EP, which finds band members Garret ‘Jacknife’ Lee (U2, REM, Modest Mouse, The Wombats) and Cathal Coughlan (Microdisney, Fatima Mansions) collaborating with revered electro-pop pioneer Thomas Leer, in addition to creating different versions of four key album tracks.
Telefís (Irish Gaelic for Television, pronounced Tele-feesh) is a collaboration between these two Irish iconoclasts. With Jacknife in LA and Cathal in London, the two spent 2020 trading ideas and musical files during lockdown, hatching plans for a satirical, mischievous examination of Irish history and pop culture in their lifetimes, which they’ve dubbed ”a corrosive nostalgia”. The resultant album ‘a hAon’ (number one), released by Dimple Discs on March 4, 2022.
A radio edit of the album’s dancefloor banger ‘Archbishop Beardmouth’ and Thomas Leer’s superb remix are accompanied by three new versions of ‘Picadors’, ‘Ballytransnational’ and ‘
‘The only piece of music discussed during the first call with Cathal in 2020 was “Private Plane” by Thomas Leer. It was a pivotal record for both of us. It changed us when we heard it first and reunited us when the idea of Telefís emerged. Thomas Leer! Thomas Fucking Leer! My fantasy has come true,” says Jacknife Lee.
1. Archbishop Beardmouth At The ChemOlympics (Radio Edit)
2. Archbishop Beardmouth At The ChemOlympics (Thomas Leer Version)
3. Picadors (voiced by Auntie Joan)
4. Ballytransnational (voiced by Da and Esther)
5. There Goes Waterface (voiced by Mrs. Hegarty)
SELECT PRESS FEEDBACK
“One of the most potent listens my ears have heard for some time” – Electronic Sound
“Telefís is a sort of electronic fever dream equally inspired by early Kraftwerk and surrealist documentarian Adam Curtis. And, as the best conceptual albums do, a hAon envelopes the listener in its own, self-imagined reality” – Irish Examiner
“Dense, acerbically observed lyrics are delivered in Coughlan’s distinctive baritone over Lee’s backdrops, from sparsely atmospheric synths to bass-driven electro-funk” – The Irish Times
“An enthralling, entertaining union of skillful retro-electro and cuttingly cynical, mischievous surreal declarations” – MOJO
“Telefís blend cultural celebration, satire, the splintered identity of the Irish diaspora, and historical introspection to – what else? Electronic dance music!” – Post-Punk
“As stunning as the best of Talking Heads and LCD Soundsystem… big sound and vision” ~ The Spill Magazine
Photos by Telefís