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  • Writer's pictureNir Yaniv

Online Albums

Updated: Feb 2

For several years now I’ve been asked why I’ve never put my albums somewhere on the www for all to listen and enjoy. I always managed to dodge the question, using bad puns, silly excuses and, in one particular case, a fish-shaped helium balloon (don’t ask). But yesterday, for some reason, I’ve had enough, and thus I can now proudly present to you my two albums in fully-internetted form. Admittedly they’re both in Hebrew, but that’s actually an advantage: its a really good excuse for learning the language!

Album the first: The Universe in a Pita. This one is a science-fiction rock album, the first and probably only of its kind in Israel. It’s a power-trio (guitar, bass, drums) recorded live in my studio, The Nir Space Station, back in 2001. Originally it was supposed to be a part of a radio show, in which an Israel band is kidnapped from a show in the suburbs by angry aliens, after their manager lost them in an intergalactic card game. The show never took off the ground, but the album did. And even if you don’t know Hebrew, you’ll find a familiar piece there – our own version of HAL9000’s “Daisy, Daisy”.

Album the second: Funkapella. The only musical instruments used in this album are human voices and a drum-set. The voices serve, in addition to the obvious singing thingie, as bass, guitars, keyboards and whatnot. This project started even before “The Universe in a Pita” existed, but its completion took much longer. While the lyrics are, indeed, in Hebrew, it can be argued that vocal bass, guitars and keyboards speak in a more universal language.

Try it. What’s the worst that can happen? Rehabilitation is rather cheap these days.

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