Wednesday, June 04, 2008

Jew-ish music

Two from the fantastic SoundRoots blog:

1. Memorial Day:
the debut album by Yaron Pe'er, an Israeli multi- instrumentalist, which also features musicians from Sudan, Egypt, and India.

The text is from Psalm 17: 8, one translation of which reads: "Keep your eye on me; hide me under your cool wing feathers."

[mp3] Yaron Pe'er: Keep Me
from the album Orian

The album is also beautifully packaged, by the way, and comes with 10 postcards with inspirational messages and artwork drawn by Pe'er in Hindu and Persian styles. The entire project, Pe'er says, "is bestowed with the hope of reawakening the higher spirit within. To perform the mitzvah or good deed, 'love thy neighbor like thyself'; that a man shall not be built from the destruction of his fellow man."

Artist website: www.yaronpeer.com
Label website: www.magda.co.il
2. Spring Cleaning:

Israel, remixed: SoundRoots doesn't have the power to remix the politics of the Middle East, but we can point out some Y-Love remixes, including a rap infused version of this Idan Raichel tune

Read more about Idan Raichel at Muruv. Artist website here. Buy the CD or Mp3s.

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Israeli indie/singer-songwriter music: Noa Babayof: "Indian Queen" [mp3] from From A Window To A Wall. Von Chaim at Heeb writes:

In recent months I have found myself being drawn more and more into the new wave of indie music coming out of Israel. But nothing has captured my attention quite like Israeli singer/songwriter Noa Babayof. On June 17, her debut album, From a Window to a Wall, will be released on Drag City imprint Language of Stone Records. Babayof’s haunting voice brings to mind Joni Mitchell, Nico and even Marissa Nadler. She is writing some of the saddest songs this side of Leonard Cohen.
Listen to the tracks "Marching Band" and "Mary" at Israeli indie blog, עונג שבת.

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play it as it lays: praise him with the blast of the horn

"Coming out next month is one of the strangest and most beautiful records I’ve heard in a long while. Entitled “Hear, O Israel”, it’s a recording of a Friday night Jewish prayer ceremony in 1968, set to jazz. So you have the likes of Herbie Hancock on piano and Thad Jones on trumpet, and they’re playing some flowing modern jazz, and then a rabbi starts intoning prayers over the top. And some female singers start warbling in Hebrew. It’s even more amazing than that sounds." [read the rest and listen to tracks]

Trunk Records


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