Tel Aviv native Barak Grossberg has recently released his guitar-heavy debut single “Baolam Ha’Amiti” (In The Real World).
Produced and recorded by Assaf Shahar, previously a sound tech on tracks by Hanan Ben-Ari and Roi Lavi & The Good Guys, “Baolam Ha’Amiti” is a chaotic blast of psychedelic noise rock, full of bruising guitars and manically shouted vocals that build in intensity over the course of the song, all kept tight and focused by the rhythm section of Grossberg’s bandmates, bassist Ariel Harosh and drummer Mor Harpazi. The lyrics, reportedly based on the second chapter of Tanya (Grossberg is a baal teshuva through Chabad), deal with the conflict between man’s spiritual and physical nature.
A release concert for the single will be held on Thursday, September 7, at the Tel Aviv pub Bar Giyora. Support acts will include blues rocker Shlomo Mizrachi; Omri Vitis, frontman of Grossberg’s previous post-grunge band The Bells; and brother Yonatan Grossberg, of the metal band Kadachat (Fever). Details and ticket info can be found here.
Tel Aviv indie rocker Botzer has released a video for his new single “ADD“. The song was produced by Botzer regular Ori Avni, while the clip was directed and co-written by Eldad Eilat.
The track explores Botzer’s personal struggles with the titular disorder, a favorite subject of his since his debut. Here, he examines how his ADD shaped both his childhood and adult life, while at the same time offering hope and encouragement to children with the condition. The video illustrates this in a surreal yet moving fashion: a child (Botzer’s real-life son, Yosef-Or), bored and distracted in class, draws and subsequently brings to life a box-headed imaginary friend (Botzer), who accompanies him to a strange underwater world, all leading to a hauntingly ambiguous ending.
Israeli alternative artist The Botzer Project (Eliezer Botzer) has released a new single “Pardes Rimonim” (Orchard of Pomegranates). Produced, arranged, and co-composed by Ori Avni, the song is dedicated to Botzer’s daughter, with the chorus telling her “Your goodness will prevail over all the broken pieces / And slowly you will walk into the orchard of pomegranates“. He is currently working on his third album with Avni as producer.
You can check it out on YouTube and Bandcamp below.