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Dana Adini, MC Karolina and Yael Dekelbaum are the three women behind the hottest new all-girl band in the country, Habanot Nechama (daughters of comfort). The three experienced singers, who all maintain solo careers in addition to the group, offer a fresh sound to the local music scene. Before the release of their self-titled debut, these women built a fan base through live concerts at an array of venues. The standout feature in the 13 tracks is their beautiful vocal harmonies. The opening song "Lovers," in which the women sing a cappella, let's listeners know that this CD is one of extraordinary talent and beauty. Throughout the album, musical arrangements are minimalist with acoustic guitars and drums taking a backseat to the women's singing. The trio sings in Hebrew and English, and smoothly swaps between the two languages without the listener even noticing. In addition to the language switch, the lyrics are simple yet witty, often including a play on words. For example, on "Yah," they sing: "Spent most of my life/ doubting my belief/ believing my doubts/etc." The music carries an indie reggae vibe. Habanot Nechama is all about fun and their songs carry an optimistic air.
Soft rocker Daniel Salomon recently added his third solo album, Haifa '87, to record-store shelves. The opening track, "Hayitachen" (Could it Be), quickly ran up local music charts. The song has a pleasant melody and easy-to-follow lyrics. Other popular tracks off the album include the heartfelt ballad "Itach" (With You) and the upbeat song, "Hey". Salomon proves once again that he has a Midas touch when it comes to composing music and writing lyrics. In this album, Salomon, who was born and raised in Haifa, steps back 20 years to the city that first influenced him. On the title track, Salomon sings about the loneliness of a teenager looking for love and afraid of heartbreak. These themes of love, loneliness, and anticipation are repeated over the 11 tracks on the album. Musically, Salomon's tunes are influenced by the likes of Elton John, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. This pianist, who started out as a session man for other popular artists, proves that he belongs in the spotlight with this third solo release.
The Secrets (HaSodot)
In addition to his solo effort, Daniel Salomon's masterful arrangements and compositions can be found on the soundtrack to Avi Nesher's film, The Secrets. The film is about the role of women in a Safed midrasha. The 15 songs here are all liturgical songs from the midrasha.
Because the Orthodox world believes that a woman's voice induces desire, no recordings of these songs (by women singers) were available before this soundtrack.
Nesher recruited Salomon and world music composer Eyal Sela to collaborate on the music. He also enlisted top women singers including Maya Rotman, Dana Adini (one third of Habanot Nechama), and Neshama Carlebach, among others. The result is an enchanting, distinct, modern album of religious songs rarely heard by those outside the Orthodox world.
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