Sunday, December 4, 2016

Yonatan Levital – ...and Monkey (2005)

  • Lo-fi
  • Indie folk 
  • DIY 
  • New Weird Israel 
  • Pychedelic folk/rock 
  • Experimental folk/rock 
  • Improvised music 
  • Yacht rock 
  •  Field recording

Comment: it's great pleasure to be back again at the discography of Birdsong, an Israeli imprint which does not release albums anymore as I have understood. Fortunately there are up a lot of albums worth to be discovered. For example, this 12-track issue was released 11 years ago reflecting partly upon tendencies being actual at the time. One of the categorisations of mine was New Weird because the artist uses a DIY and lo-fi/bedroom recording approach to accentuate his naive folk and indie drenched preferences. On the other hand, it is comfortable to generalise something being out of the centre and outsider yet involving many different facets. More profoundly, there are up detuned tinny guitars and low-end synths and a sitting monkey in the sheepskin jacket additionally to Yonatan to provide something tickling and exciting and flesh out your fantasy. From nowadays (free)folk approaches to storytelling and American Primitivism in music, from improvised moments to light-hearted, carnival-alike yacht rock roundabouts, from vivid found sounds to introverted guitar twanging. That's great – all these audible and imaginative elements and contrast between them.
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