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Boomkat Product Review:
A welcome reissue for a lost classic of leftfield pop.
"Throughout the 1980s Malka Spigel was the bassist and vocalist with influential post punk band Minimal Compact. Formed in Amsterdam by three Tel Aviv émigrés, who would produce a series of highly prescient albums and singles. But by 1988 the band had dissolved and Spigel began to plot her next move.. Released in 1993, Rosh Ballata was a quantum leap forward from anything she had created before. The album takes its cue from the worlds of shoegaze and trip hop, yet it wears these influences very lightly. More significantly, unlike every other indie record of the era, it would be sung in Hebrew. The over-riding mood is one of optimism and unfolding possibilities.
This is typified by the sun-drenched glide of Besof Heyom, which comes over like the soundtrack to an infinite hazy summer, whilst the skipping rhythms of Lisgor Sipor Yashan might almost suggest Kylie Minogue in a parallel world! There are moments of shade too, such as the brooding psychedelic drift of Yestiney or the mesmeric metallic art pop of Rotsa Ladat Od. Spigel worked closely with Wire main-man Colin Newman with input from former Minimal Compact colleague Samy Birnbach - who also wrote the lyrics to two songs. 2 songs feature texts by the poets Anton Shammas and Dahlia Ravikovich. The album was produced by Newman in their home studio."