Boomkat Product Review:
New on Neo Ouija. Zegunder are alosha tsinovoi and gil cohen. both live and create music in the northen israeli city of haifa, where the picturesque carmel mountains meet the mediterranean sea on one side of the bay. On the other, the industrial and highly polluted "kishon" sea port: oil from big ships, dead fish and birds cover the public beaches, all providing a telling reminder as to the true nature of this place. standing near the stela maris lighthouse, on the edge of the cliff, you can see more than one third of israel, from the lebanese border in the north to the monstrous "hadera" power plant in the south, a panoramic view summoning unbearable, inescapable feelings of claustrophobia and incompetence. After rich experiences in the ranks of local post rock bands like "MuTe" and "Birdy", "telling it like it is" didn't feel right any more to gil and alosha, just too plain and straightforward for the ambivalent nature of existence in israel. After a period of working with small solo projects and recording for film soundtracks, the feeling that something must be said grew stronger. Zegunder's music unfolds with dense, rich stretches of ambience, broken electronic emissions and vocal accompaniments from daphne haller - more like an additional instrument than something associated with words. There's a slowly unfolding, largely instrumental beauty on show here, reminiscent at times of the spooky effervescence of Angelo Badalmenti with its engulfing cinematic sweeps while, at others, their music is quietly personal and introspective, free of words or set narrative. In fact, this is when their music works best - creating a buzzing mesh of layered sounds, a background to all the complexities and uncertainties day to day life brings, especially in this particular part of the world. Recommended.