The amazing thing about our network here at Dingus is the accessibility of discovering new D.I.Y artists and bands from all around the world. Thanks to the community we have built and continue to build upon, we were turned onto Israeli space-rock, alternative band Lego Lepricons. From the first colossal hit of their song ‘No Money’, listeners can do nothing but believe in and hang on to every large winded yell of singer Yair Ziv. The group combines ambient vocal and guitar effects with futuristic, proggy keyboard and synth work to keep every passing moment of these otherwise post-rock songs unique and worthy of your attention. A sound that is relatable across many genre lines, Lego Lepricons will be embraced internationally for their ease of writing songs both in popular style and of progressive nature. @thinknotsleep
Ori Alboher’s music is as striking and beautiful as the bear on the album cover. Sometime’s I find myself listening to music just to listen to music, “yeah that sounds good”, I’ll tell myself. Yet, nine time’s out of ten, I forget what I had just heard. Was it rock? Pop? Indie? Folk? Who cares. It’s when I listen to albums like Unwind that I truly remember what it is I’m here for. I’m here to bring you the best of the best, the cream that has risen to the top. Unwind is full of handclaps and swoons, organic and mechanical sounds….a xylophone, I just heard a xylophone. This is what I’m talking about, simple with deep stitching. An album that’s as warm as it is cold. It’s spellbinding and hypnotic. Sound’s of water echo in the background creating a landscape in your mind. You think of any place you have ever wanted to travel to, real or fantasy, it’s shining brightly in your head. For one thing, I refuse to put this in a genre, it’s whatever genre you want it to be. Just listen. @LeahLovecat
Soft, longing, and wistful the first part of ‘Twisted Words‘ moves along, the lyrics despairing and lacking self-assurance. The music builds leaving these thoughts behind releasing into a new place, a place of resolution, confidence, and strength. A rolling ballad with tasty overtones of electronic influence, the tune leaves you with a sense of both fulfillment and uncertainty. See Also: Bright Eyes meets King Krule meets Il Abanico. [Free Download] @Thesnakerecords
‘Vittal Station’ by Ori Avni (February 15, 2012) *
Getting to the end of The Snake‘s February releases, we were introduced to the instrumental beauty that is the compositional brilliance of Ori Avni. ’Vittal Station‘ takes full advantage of contemporary techniques (imagine the guitar build in ‘Custom Concern’ by Modest Mouse) but in an extremely traditional aesthetic. The comparison is dramatic, the product is ornate and grand; completely satisfying in every saturated way.
A conversation with Itamar Fintzi, lead singer of Tel Aviv based band Monti Fiori:
Dingus: Is that indeed a sample of The Good, The Bad and The Ugly at the introduction?
Fintzi: Actually, no.. it was all recorded by us, but obviously Mr. Morricone was our main reference at the introduction.
Explain being Israelis playing Italian music?
It’s hard to explain, I believe we are the only band from Israel that plays Italian music. We really love the San Remo and 50′s -60′s Italian pop, as well as Italian soundtracks from that era and after composing the music, English or Hebrew just didn’t feel right Italiano did…
It’s not every day I get to chat with someone who knows the Israeli music scene, what’s it like?
It’s a tough scene with not a lot of money involved.. but still there are some great bands and singers, mainly underground. We are fortunate to somehow make a living out of it. The main focus is in Tel Aviv – where we live. Outside the big city there aren’t really too many places for gigs except sometimes Jerusalem or Haifa.
What is the rest of the scene like aside from you? What genres are most popular there?
The most popular genres are different kinds of pop (rock, dance, and so on) like in any other place. But just like you have country music which is really popular at the states, we have “Mediterranean pop” or in hebrew – musica mizrachit. In Israel, as most places, the reality shows also set the tone, so we have a lot of reality singers… At the underground there are really good dj’s and electronic music, people here really like to party. Tel aviv is really a city that never “sleeps”.. the night scene is really happening! Also there are a lot of indie bands, some are good and some aren’t..
Monti Fiori’s self titled debut rides in with an epic introduction (that I’m pretty sure samples The Good, The Bad and The Ugly, which is awesome) When it comes down to it, their sound has somewhat of a stereotypical ‘foreign’ Itilian sound that at the same time, has been familiarized by the film industry (I would argue). Catering to everything specific about their genre and doing this well is what pushes this album to the top of my list.
With technology growing exponentially, personal computing is challenging the recording business and the internet is challenging the publishing business. Now more than ever, we see the pool of music and design growing deeper. But as always, the more music there is, the harder it is to find what really matters.
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