Falafel Avantgarde - "He-Pea"
(Public Eyesore 2002, #46, 7" vinyl EP)
From Aural Innovations #24 (July 2003)
Falafel Avantgarde is an experimental ensemble from Israel which I understand has nine members. This 7" EP consists of two songs that are quite different from one another. "Mousse Tang (Electric Jahnoon)" is an avant-garde and nicely spaced out workout for electronics and voice, though some of the cool whining sounds might be guitar. Like Hawkwind and Tangerine Dream for the experimental set. I didn't know what to expect from "Landerian (Eric The Half Bee)" as any Monty Python fan will know the "Eric The Half Bee" song. However, the only connection ended up being the title. The music differs from the flip side in that it's not dominated by electronics. The music has a jazz feel at the beginning though it evolves into a dirty Bluesy acid-space tune. I hear bass (sure sounds like a standup), guitar, drums, electronics, and there's probably additional instrumentation if they've really got nine musicians. But there's a nice groove to the music which jams along like an old time Krautrock band. This track could have easily gone on for 20 minutes or so and I wish it had. I don't know which side better represents what Falafel Avantgarde is about but I'd be very interested in hearing more from them.
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Reviewed by Jerry Kranitz