Shulamit Epstein /// Haya Oh Lo (Was It Real)
For now the winter is officially here so it’s a great opportunity to introduce you to the lovely Shulamit Epstein.
Her debut single “Haya Oh Lo (Was It Real)” is one of those rare and beautiful songs that can swoop you and take you away to different dimensions. It has a grainy and Jazzy flavored sound that reminds me of vinyls and times that I wasn’t born in yet but still can imagine how it felt to live then and yet it sounds fresh and new. It feels like you are going through looking in old family albums and remember wistfully old love stories and heartbreaks. The song is taken from Shulamit’s debut album “Davar” all produced by the amazing Zach Drory and it will be out in January of 2014.
Watch the beautiful video for “Haya Oh Lo” directed by Jeremy Jaffe below.
Jane Bordeaux /// Einav
“Jane Bordeaux”, a new act based in Tel Aviv, is making unbelievable folk-country music in Hebrew.
Doron Talmon came to Tel Aviv to study music and that’s when she met the musicians that became “Jane Bordeaux” at the end : Mati Gilad and Amir Zeevi. They released a short EP and started to collect fans and followers to their great interpretation in Hebrew of the American folk-country music – something that never happened in Israel before.
Now they are working on their first full length album to be released next year while performing all over the country. You can catch them live at the “Shpagat” on December 3. For more info check HERE and watch the video for the raw version of “Einav” below and listen to the more up beat “Lo Pashut Li”.
UBK /// I Got You
Apperently the summer is back (the weather man says it’s until the weekend hopefully…) so it means it’s the perfect time for some summer flavoured music.
Meet Uri Brauner Kinrot A.K.A. UBK – a gifted guitarist known mostly for the great-chart-successful drunken-wedding Balkan surf guitar-tuba-drums power trio Boom Pam and his 2009 oriental-remix album “Massive Soundtrack For The Modern Belly Dancer”. UBK also collaborated with some of the best groups in the world such as Balkan Beat Box and Shantel and recorded with the Macedonian Romani brass band Kočani Orkestar. Now he is prepared for the release of his very anticipated debut album as a solo artist accompanied with the first single “I Got It” – an immediate rock classic with exotic surf flavours.
Watch the great video for “I Got You” below and catch UBK performing on the 3rd of December at the “Pasáž”. More info HERE.
Hexe /// Night Call
The sun outside demands a more ‘electronic sadness’ tunes and Hexe effectively delivers the goods. HEXE is Jonathan Lipitz a true musician in his heart and soul. After years engaging with musical productions, events and “YouTube selfies” with his piano he’s now ready to let his voice to go outhere. His interpretation of Kavinsky’s “Night Call” is one of those covers that break from the original and become an entirely new song full of heartbreak and emotions. Released by the Berlin located label “Yellow Brick” and Produced by Jonathan himself and Tamir Gordin it lays out every emotion out there with mixed feelings about the broken hearts and the pieces out there and the ability to collect them back and restore a new heart and a new love. Listen to “Night Call” below (you can download it from HERE) and also to his first single “Started”.
Lior Perla /// Under The Gray Skies / Neomi
Lior Perla is one of those rare musicians that dedicated themselves entirely to music. His beautiful lyrics combined with his music and vocals are an interesting point of view of the sensitive singer-songwriter that comes from a more Rock’n'Roll state. Perla was part of “Nearey Poster” and “Ta’ani Ester” – 2 great Rock’n'Roll bands, but then he decided to make his dream as a solo artist come true.
“Under The Gray Skies” (“Tahat Shamayim Aforim”) is his debut album as a solo artist. It is a small album the grows bigger with each listen. Eight great songs walking on the thin line between the acoustic and heart-breaking version of Lior’s soul and his desire for the more Rock’n’Roll version of himself.
These days he’s working on his follow up album (hopefully out early next year) and performing all around the country featuring his debut album with additions of new material.
Catch him performing a very intimate and acoustic show at the “Shpagat Live” (Nachalat Binyamin 43, Tel Aviv) on the 12th of November. More info HERE.
Watch below the video for “Under The Gray Skies” and listen to “Neomi” and Like Lior Perla’s artist page HERE.
Mika Sade /// Out Of My Site
Mika Sade‘s new album is one of those great surprises that brings a great deal of orgasm to its listeners.
The name of the album “What Do You Prefer” well suits the 11 songs included here and share Mika’s musical and personal journey and what makes her happy or sad. It’s a piano based album full of heart-breaking lyrics and thrilling melodies showing Mika’s growth as a musician and also as a performer. “Out Of My Site” (“Uf Li Me Ha’Enayim”) really stands out in this album and is one of my favorites – it’s a soulful, funky, rock’n’roll song with Mika’s voice screaming and teasing. In the beginning this song sounds like a stranger in this low key album but with time, it is clear that this is her personal and musical taste.
Assaf Shatil /// Hourglass
The false lies of the hesitating winter requires of me to create the winter atmosphere by myself.
That is where Assaf Shatil comes in with his beautiful and winter flavoured debut album “PINE”. He is a Canadian-Israeli singer-songwriter that came back to Israel after many years abroad where he acquired his piano and Jazz skills among other things. Since he came back he has wrote songs for many musicians and taken part in Efrat Ben Zur’s incredible album “Robin” as well as many other jazz projects.
“PINE” is a piano driven album, in which it is the someone’s destiny for the piano to be more like an extension of the human body. The album is composed of twelve heart breaking and beautiful songs mastering the beauty of the piano and Assaf’s lyrics. This is the perfect album for this winter and any winter from now on.
Talya Eliav /// Galey Galim
If the winter hesitant to come maybe it’s better to bring it with music…
After 2 beautiful albums Talya Eliav released the album “6:28″ couple of months ago and it took me a while to discover it properly. It was chosen for one of the best albums of the year by most critics. It’s an album that marks a great change in Talya’s music – it’s still dark and complex full of layers but in a more communicative way. 7 amazing songs produced by her musical partner Shai Lowenstein adding up into an incredible musical journey out of time and space discovering the full beauty of Talya’s voice and lyrics.
You can listen and buy the album HERE and you can catch her performing with the record for the first time in a special show as part of the “Piano Festival 2013″ on the 7th of October. More details HERE.
Eatliz /// Miserable
Imagine a great movie about the future of the human race that was never written or made. Now try to imagine the music that would be on the soundtrack. How would it sound?
The Art-Rock band Eatliz (Sivan Abelson – Vocals, Omer Hershman – Guitar, Hadar Green – Bass, Pedals, Keyboards, Omry Hanegbi – Drums, Guy Ben Shetrit – Guitar) successfully tried to answer this need with 3 incredible albums and mind-blowing videos. Now they are going to take this idea to the next level with their 4th studio album “All Of It”.
Accompanied with their new vocalist Sivan Abelson and musical producer Itamar Ziegler, (who worked with Pink Noise and Balkan Beat Box before) they bring you “Miserable” as the first single from the forthcoming album with new and exciting landscapes of electronics, bits, and lots of renewed love for creativity and music.
Take a listen to “Miserable” below.
Etan Salomon /// Im At Holechet (If You Go)
Etan Salomon is one of those musicians who just makes good music, and holds no intentions or expectations of being labeled to any specific genre.
Her debut album is ready and awaiting the official release but until then, she has offered just a taste – the great rock-ballade “Im At Holechet” produced by the musical genius Gil Lewis. A heart breaking song driven by amazing keyboard sounds, percussion, and guitar, not to mention Etan’s heartful voice and one of my favorite musical instrument ever (and one that is not appreciate enough…) clapping hands!
The album is, like Etan, a journey between pop songs and ballades, stretching the line between her sadness and her happiness. Catch her performing live (and for free!) at the “Radio EPGB” on the 14th of October. More details HERE.