Tom Gefen /// They Will Hold You Now
One song, one perfect song, on repeat. One song, beautifully mastered song, that rips your heart out shapes it differently and puts it back where it belongs. That’s all you need in life. One song on endless repeat.
That song is on Tom Gefen‘s debut EP “Through Fire” along with 3 other heartbreaking and amazing songs that will make you wish it was a full album with 10 songs at least. Tom who was in the past a footballer and also the lead singer for the Metal band “Reign Of The Architect” decided to take some time out and give to the singer-songwriter in him a fair chance and apparently it was a very wise choice. He worked with Ben Spector on the EP giving it an electronic fill combined with more live instrumental arrangements and with his true and wise lyrics sung by his magnetizing voice. Now Tom is planning to tour with his band and with his songs and working on a full length album.
You can CATCH them performing & launching the EP TODAY (27.08) at “Tmuna Theatre” (Shonstino 8, TLV). Watch the video for “They Will Hold You Now” and listen to the EP below.
MARBL /// Plastic
I feel very lucky each time I’m introduced to new and exciting music as if I found a nickel on the pavement exactly when I needed it.
MARBL was created by Moria Or & Jonathan Maimon. She’s a Singer-Songwriter that lives in Israel and released her solo debut back in 2012 and He’s a Producer-Arranger that lives in London. After meeting for the first time and introduced to each others music they fall in love and decided to make some gorgeous music out of their love, and we all know that sometimes the best things come out of love. Now they are touring all over UK and Israel and working on their first album from which comes “Plastic” – a collage of classical, electronic, pop and rock elements combined with Moria’s mesmerising vocals and lyrics. I’m sure there’s more good stuff to come from this duo.
CATCH them live TODAY (21.08) Live at Radiotrip & The Workshop in London and watch the live video for “Plastic” below.
Djamchid Sisters /// Sandcastle
It’s usual for siblings to fight. What is unusual is when a pair of siblings come together and collaborate creatively – and manage to make it work.
Meet the Djamchid Sisters, Eden & Shay-Li Djamchid, two sisters from Jerusalem that make beautiful music together. They have already released their first single and now they’re working on their debut album while they tour the country. “Sandcastle” is the musical embodiment of a peaceful, tropical island – sung by both sisters with Eden on guitar and Shay-Li on cello.The harmony of their famililial voices picks up their melodies perfectly.
Tesha /// Sheer Light
Meet Tesha a.k.a Neta Tia Elias and her magical music. Introduced to me by Ori Rakib with whom she had a mini success touring in Berlin as “Thin Drapes”. Since then she came back to Tel Aviv to work on her own solo projects releasing her first EP “Crystallization” (listen & download HERE) earlier this year under her new pseudonym Tesha.
4 incredible songs showcasing Tesha’s unique voice attached to some great Hip Hop beats floating in a pool of some fine Dream Pop tunes and Electronica with her illusive and heartbreaking lyrics and her incredible delivery of it all. You don’t want to miss this!
CATCH her performing live TODAY (31.07) at 22:00 as part of “Shenkar College of Engineering and Design” first year students exhibition “Hybrid Night” and watch the live desert jam version of “Sheer Light” and the amazing cover of Destiny’s Child “Bootylicious”.
Sharon Gesthalter /// Great Expectations
In the endless search after some piece of mind it’s always nice to find some piece of great music that can ease my mind when dark days are visiting.
Sharon Gesthalter‘s debut album “Promised Land” is like a pill that can take away all your worries and pain with its’ 12 beautiful songs all written and composed by Sharon herself and produced and arranged by the amazing Roy Dahan. She started to take piano lessons from Roy and this is what awaken the songs that was asleep inside of her, overwhelmed and with internal dialogue she started to create her songs feeling like the whole experience “Clicked on the play button of my soul and cracked the stone from which water came pouring” as she noted. You can actually hear her soul on each song and feel how it’s peeling layers from one note to another and one song to the following one until you can hear the whole beauty pouring into your ears.
CATCH Sharon performing live at “Bar Giora” on the 30th of July and listen to “Great Expectations” and “Promised Land” below.
Smadar Ronen /// Ma’agalim (Circuits)
Escapism is not a bad thing especially in times like this. All I need to do is sort my music collection and find something that will take me to faraway places…
Smadar Ronen‘s debut album “Hezi Kadur” is the perfect pill to take and escape from all this troubling days. After 4 years in progress and 11 songs written by Smadar herself and produced by Yonatan Levital “Hezi Kadur” has the perfect tension between sadness and happiness with its’ Jazzy flavored tunes on the one hand and a Folky tenderness on the other and Smadar’s beautiful and soulful voice on top of it all backed by great musicians who help to fill the music with extra meaning.
Cohen /// Rak Ani (Only Me)
Hebrew is usually not the best language for Rap music and that’s the reason why Hip Hop & Rap are so rare around here but from time to time you can stumble into great local Rappers who invent & freshen up the scene.
Cohen (AKA Michael Cohen) is one of those local Rap innovators who makes Rap & Hip Hop in Hebrew successfully without losing the true meaning of the genre while keeping the soulfulness of it. After 2 great releases that entirely changed the local Hip Hop’s face as the half of “Cohen@Mushon” (with Michael Moshonov) and after the world acclaimed “Milk & Honey Vol.1″ mixtape under his DJ pseudonym “CohenBeats” he’s finally releasing the mini-album “RAP”, his first solo as Cohen. And what a great album it is – 7 brilliantly mastered tracks with Cohen’s great flow on the mic and his soulfulness on the music and production (with great help from Jeremiah Jae & Samiyam) full of great hooks and beats. If you close your eyes and listen to this album you can totally forget the fact that you listen to Rap in Hebrew, that’s how good it is.
Adaam James /// You’re Like Bad TV
When the days get mad outside I always prefer to go to a safe place and for me MUSIC is the safest place on earth.
Adaam James is one of those elusive musicians that makes his wonderful music right under our noses but if you’re lucky enough to catch him you’ll fall in love instantly. After studying History and Journalism and composing numerous scores for film and theater he released his debut album “How About Now?” full of great tunes sung mostly by other talents mostly because Adaam’s shyness and him wanting to be more in the back of the music. “Good Applied to People” (coming out this week), His 2nd album is a totally different story and by the first 2 singles that came out you can finally not only hear Adaam’s great musical talent but also see him in action. Apparently his days of shyness are over and that’s a really big news cause now you can can enjoy his great music and lyrics and take part in his musical experience.
These days his on tour with his “RETIRED CON ARTIST” troupe performing one last show in Tel Aviv right before he will be leaving to study in Columbia University and spend time in New York making music and be moved by the city’s fire escapes.
Catch them performing one last time on the 14th of July at “OzenBar” and watch the videos for “You’re Like Bad TV” & “”Phantoms” below.
Roni Alter /// Let’s Go On The Run
My feelings have always been connected to music. As a kid, I had a dream about music playing everywhere; coming out from huge speakers hanging from the skies all over the world; giving everyone the perfect soundtrack to their lives. But then I got my first set of headphones. Ever since this remarkable pairing, the connection between music and my emotions has grown deeper and more inseparable. I always find it hard to explain why music triggers specific areas in the heart, but this can be left unexplained as you let yourself feel every beat and note, collecting more and more songs that become your personal soundtrack to every smile and tear.
Roni Alter‘s music is the perfect addition to your personal soundtrack. If I could (outside of my dream world), I would play her on huge speakers all across the world. “Go Wild“ is her second solo album released earlier this year. After many years of collaborating with artists like Arik Einstein, Dudu Tassa and with Metropolin Project as the lead singer, she debuted her very appreciated solo Hebrew album, “Kis Avir”. Alter then moved to Paris where she wrote “Go Wild” entirely in English and entirely on her own.
Its 9 amazingly beautiful and heartbreaking songs, perfectly produced by Alon Lotringer (co-producer of her debut album), surround the strangeness she felt being in a new city, her longing for familiar feelings and places and the questions that appear in love. “Go Wild” is an album you’ll wish you had if ever left on a deserted island.
Watch the videos for “Let’s Go On The Run” and “Lazy” (directed by Roni & me). CATCH her live at “Tmuna Theater” on the 9th of June.
100 Musicians, 100 Pictures, 100 Posts
When I started to write “Pearls” I actually couldn’t imagine the 100 post never the less 100 pictures but here it is and it’s the perfect time to stop for a bit and celebrate this moment. As you may know music is my life and given the opportunity to write about it and discover new and exciting music to tell about to the rest of the world is pretty much all I need in this lifetime…
So Thank you for reading “Pearls” – Your ears are like wings to music – stay tuned for the next 100 (at least…) musicians, pictures and posts.