Five Cool Israeli Indie Bands – A Blogger's Thoughts on the Bloggers' Visit
The Hebrew Announcement will be followed by an English one:
ממש לאחרונה אירח ארגון בשם קינטיס משלחת של בלוגרי מוזיקה מארה"ב ובריטניה בארץ, ונתן להם טעימה מאורגנת מעולם המוזיקה הישראלי. הביקור היה חלק מפרוייקט שנקרא וייב יזראל, שנועד להראות צדדים שונים של החיים בישראל. לי הייתה הזכות להצטרף לחבר'ה בחלק מהערבים המיוחדים שאורגנו לכבודם בתל אביב – והיה מצויין. תודה רבה לכל האנשים שארגנו, הופיעו, פלירטטו והשתתפו.
רגע לפני שהם נעלמים חזרה לחיים ושוכחים מתל אביב, הנה עוד כמה מילים שאני רוצה לומר לקבוצה. (סליחה על האנגלית).
A short while ago an organization named Kinetis hosted a group of music bloggers from the US & UK, and gave them a taste of the Israeli music scene. This tour was part of a project called VibeIsrael that tries to show different sides of Israeli life. I had the privilege to join these guys on a couple of occasions, and had a great time. Thanks a million to all the great people involved.
.A moment before they forget all about Tel Aviv and move on, Here are a few more words I would like to say to the group
Hi Dear Friends.
During the last few weeks you've toured our tiny country and got the jizz on the vivid, vibrant and surprisingly large music scene in Israel. You absolutely saw some of the coolest acts we have to offer – Acollective, Tiny Fingers, The Apples, Kuti, Izabo, Electra and many many more. During our conversations I heard your impressions – how much you're enjoying your visit, how good Acollective are (totally!), and how cool is everything. i think that that's awsome, and i'm happy you had such a wonderful itinerary in so little time. But , I still can't shake the feeling that you missed a few of my personal favorites, who for differenet reasons were not included in any of the showcases and gigs you got to see. Although I know you're probably overloaded with information, I'd still love to take the chance to introduce them to you, and to non-Hebrew speakers in general while I'm at it. So put those earphones on, and get to work. 🙂
Are you ready?
Here we go!
This group of hipster-poster-boys is a rockin' party machine. The five Jerusalem friends really know how to get the people moving, with a great mixture of timely guitars, disco-party beats, electronic decorations and above all wonderful vocalist & front man Josef Laimon – giving the crowd a full on condescending "I-liked-it-before-it-was-cool" style party (British accent included). Another important thing about this group is that they keep up the energy on stage as well as on tape. Their shows, combining video art, dancing, and Joseph's unique theatrical personality are a truly FUN experience. Check out their Cool sound and vibe:
A very new group, or should I say ensemble on the Israeli indie map that has already managed to gather a pretty serious crowd around them. You can actually hear the variety of influences in this group's interesting music – classical, folk, rock, pop, gypsy, Arabic and what not, which create in a wonderful combination what they themselves describe as "alternative folk". With texts in vagabond English and a viola, flute, contra-bass and two drummers on the same drum set, theAngelcy actually manage to create angelic music, touching the heart and soul of the listener:
3. The Aprons
This dreamy indie duo is absolutely one of the most enchanting artists I have ever heard. Two beautiful and delicate girls, one playing a big, green fender bass, and the other playing the drums, use those instruments along with an occasional guitar or keyboard to create a gentle, somewhat distant and melancholy indie fantasy. Great vocal harmonies do a lot of the job here.
4. Sun Tailor
Arnon Naor, AKA Sun Tailor, spent the last few years of his life in London, writing and working on what has now finally become his debut album – "Like The Tide". Playing lovely gentle Folk and singing in a deep voice and in perfect English, Sun Tailor really brings back memories of the 60's British folk scene (Nick Drake etc). His powerful persona and performance also contribute to creating a unique experience in his music, even without using any knick-knacks.
5. Amit Erez
Former Eatliz guitarist has embarked on a second career as a wonderful, gloomy and interesting singer/songwriter. His songs have a distinct wonderful sadness to them, and the powerful yet humble arrangements give them a touch of divineness. The lyrics themselves do a lot to contribute to that feeling:
One more for the road – the lovely Zoe Polansky, AKA Bela Tarr. At the edge of the independent music scene sits this musically gorgeous girl, and with only her bass, voice and loop station (ok, and a bunch of other effect pedals) manages to produce an interesting, chilling distant indie ballad.
And that concludes (I hope) the heaps of info that you guys and gals got in the last few days. If you or your readers want to try out some more great Israeli music, you're welcome to check out our 2011 best artists and albums posts. Just skip all the hebrew and play the bandcamp links. 🙂
One last personal request – in the last months we have been experiencing a massive wave of show cancellations: Pixies, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Cat Power, Tune-Yards and many more are just the tip of the iceberg. What I would like to ask – if you liked your stay here, spread the word. If you do that, maybe your artists and readers back home will have a better opinion about coming here.
.As I said before, I had a great time, and I hope you guys did too. We hope to see you again in our city
Erez, Hamutal & Eyal.
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***Afarkeseth (litteraly the inner part of the ear – "pinna") is an Israeli indie music blog and showlist, kind of a Tel-Aviv version of ohmyrockness. We post a showlist each friday, and give out free tickets to specific shows once or twice a week. Usually, it's all in hebrew. but hey, there's always google translate.***