by Anna Kopito | 21.02.15


Within one album, Isaiah became one of the major bands in the Telavivan indie scene. Their sound, that has perfectly turned their use of non-common musical instruments (Indian  harmonium, buzuki and etc.) into extremely catchy songs, is simply great. The band is lead by Tomer Ishayahu (The band is named after him) and Mika Avni. Mika writes the lyrics and Tomer composes them.

At first hear, Isaiah sound like many things, that aren’t the typical Israeli sound; mixture of American folk with gypsy influences, better yet, the combination of many musical components is what makes their sound connect into the Israeli experience. Tomer adds “besides maybe our use of in the harmonium, everything we use and sing about, is from and about this places.”

Isaiah will perform tonight, Saturday night, at Pasáž, after launching a new single. More materials from their second upcoming album are to be released this spring. To understand better what lies ahead Tomer clarifies: “Things are about to get more focused and yet more detailed and personal, but we will have to see what will happen coming across our auditions”. Hopefully the concert will allow a sneak peak.

Isaiah @ Pasáž, Alenby 94 Tel Aviv, Feb. 21st, 10:00pm, 40/50 nis, Facebook event.

Written by Shani Barzilay


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