Ami Shavit is thought to be one of the first Israelis to dabble in electronics, and In Alpha Mood represents these experiments in vinyl form. Originally issued as a private press release with a small run and limited publicity, the record has had a fraction of the attention it deserves: thanks due then to Finders Keepers for this remastered reissue.
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This is one of those represses of highly sought after early electronic releases, this time from Israeli artist Ami Shavit, an LP that only had 500 made in 1977 with very little publicity or renown. It seems that a lot of gems of electronic stuff get revitalised, probably because these folks remained in their basement studios for a number of decades until their recent emergence. Anyway, this takes a different turn than a lot of the Jean-Michel Jarres and Morton Subotnicks that we’re familiar with, being of a more meditative nature, an analogue synth ode to Terry Riley’s flurried ragas centred around held tones and subtly babbling melodic textures.
Apparently there are the only 6 tapes left of his early Alpha Mood messings, which seems to be a prominent period for Shavit although this hasn’t been expanded upon anywhere. The back of the sleeve says that it was part of an experiment to produce alpha brain waves, those associated with relaxation. The ‘70s loved their mad brainwave chat. Adding to the brain salad surgery are Shavit’s lead lines that wander, chirp and wiggle their way across the dreamscapes that set the scene. So good, so chill, this one. I need to stop liking things, so the next review will be a negative one.
9/10 Azzarudin Goldberg Customer review, 8th September 2015
I was recently in Old Blighty for a holiday, burning a hole in my pocket because everything is expensive in England for tourists for no good reason (Royal Arrogance perhaps?)..Anyhoo, I managed to visit hipster superstore Rough Trade in Shoreditch, and the guy behind the desk played some really deep, droney type music. I asked him what it was, and he showed me the record, I noticed it had an Israeli sounding name on the cover, weird because you NEVER get true avant garde music coming out of the ultra-conservative and ultra-religious extremist country that is modern Israel. About a year of so ago Stewart Homes did a show on Resonance with an avanta-garde Israeli artist, and I thought this album might have had something to do with him, but no, the friendly and hairy clerk @ RT informed me that it was some obscure recording from the late 70s! Now as any traveller knows, shlepping vinyl is a pain in the derriere, and alas there was no CD version!! So via the power of Internet technology I have my own copy of this amazing piece of Hebrew Expermeintal music that really give a kicks in the 'rosh' to those Israeli drongos that listen to that tribal-trance rubbish!! Maybe Oren Ambarchi will do a world tour with him???
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