Audio Eyal Maoz39s Edom

January 1, 2010

EYAL MAOZ’S EDOM Hope and Destruction Imagine new wave noisemetal surf music played by an avant-garde jazz quartet from downtown Tel Aviv and you’ll have an inkling of what to expect from this quirky yet oddly accessible recording. Israeli transplant Eyal Maoz is a seminal figure in the Radical Jewish Culture wing of the New York music scene headed by John Zorn (the executive producer of this album), but while there are definitely Jewish strains permeating these 12 tracks, the familiar sounds of synthetic strings and Hammond and Vox organs—not to mention the driving rock and disco rhythms laid down by drummer Yuval Lion and bassist Shanir Ezra Blumenkranz— largely transcend ethnicity. Moaz’s playing can be harsh and noisy—going head-to-head with the skronky blasts occasionally emanating from Brian Marsella’s synths—but is just as often elegant, understated, and even gorgeous, as on the impressionistic album closer, “Down.” Wunderlech! Tzadik

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