Avital Raz – Skin And Feathers EP
[tags: acoustic, folk, ep, 2009]
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Sweeter Than Candy (from Skin And Feathers EP)
Yesterday CNC took us on a trip through outer space and today we alight in Tel Aviv/Israel to meet Avital Raz, a singer-songwriter combining “Indian, Middle Eastern, Celtic, and even Country“ influences to a nice EP called Skin And Feathers. You may be afright that the result would sound like a big jumble but this is not quite the truth because the sad and mostly quiet tracks sound really great and don’t overstate the exotic elements.
Skin And Feathers is characterized by the strong and clear voice of Avital Raz and the nice acoustic guitar play you find on almost every track and that’s also the reason why the EP sounds more like folk than eveything else because these main elements are very present. And so I don’t feel bothered by the additional bongos and choir in Beautiful – (Kali’s Garland) or the flute melodies in Unknown Angry Female Rock Star. Infact songs like My Next Lover or Songs Of Waiting remind me of one of the favourites here on Common Folk Meadow: David Åhlén. Especially the a cappella track My Next Lover is practically the female musical equivalent. (If you would ask me what is a weakness of this release, I would only name the last track (#3972) which is a bit over the edge with all it’s instruments and world music influences; plus the really aweful cover artwork (but that doesn’t affect my judgement)).
So, without too many words, I recommend to give a listen to Skin And Feathers and maybe buy your mp3s or your physical copy over at cdbaby.com. For more information on the artist head over to Avital Raz’ MySpace page.