NEW! ADAR ALFANDARI Gold Dust LP
by Walter Price
If you’re in the market for an album that follows a linear path, then, the recent LP, ‘Gold Dust’, from Aldar Alfandari isn’t for you. But, my friends, if you love a wide swath of balanced contrast in styles, textures, and emotional journeys akin to what it may sound like if Noel Gallagher, Jim Croce, Kurt Vile, and J. Tillman joined forces, then, you’ve found gold!
This is to say that Alfandari isn’t to be pigeonholed. This LP is soft and delicate at all the right moments, but just as you settle in, the songwriter hits with some leftfield psych and at other unexpecting moments some blistering guitar licks that’ll have the hair of your neck stand at attention and as it started, it slips back into its calm.
As you may already know, the true star is Alandari’s songwriting. The blended nature of poetry, love, contemplation, forgiveness, and the unknowing future are all intertwined in spectacular fashion. Of course, I don’t speak Hebrew, so some things slip past me on this 14-track set, but where I get lost in translation, the storyteller is more than apt at letting his emotions tell the tales to all, no matter the language barrier.
I have no idea how old this performer is, but the way he feels at ease setting forth his deep-rooted truths through these mature, powerful songs is something to marvel at. The ‘Gold Dust’ LP feels like an astonishing start to what would appear to be a long and winding career making music. It’s an absolutely dynamic and inspired achievement.
ADAR ALFANDARI Gold Dust LP
Artist photo by Yair Sigron
Mix: Idan Katz
Master: Aran Lavi
Cover: Yair Sigron
Location Credit: Beit Levi Eshkol, Yad Levi Eshkol, and the Israeli Nature Protection Society
Video, Edited by Erez Shany.
Filmed and directed by Nick Böse, Timm Markgraf and Klaus Motoki Tonn.
Featuring Kintsugi Sensei Showzi Tsukamoto.
“Gold Dust”, this song is inspired by the art of Kintsugi- the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with gold. By embracing flaws and imperfections you can create stronger and more beautiful pieces of art, or symbolically- create fuller and stronger human beings.”
“And now, while you are streaming it in the background let’s move to the more emotional part. This is my first solo album, and something I imagined and crafted for a long time. The album includes songs I wrote a while ago together with ones I wrote recently. From Acoustic Folk to Indie and Alternative Rock and several songs in Hebrew- this album is a reflection of me and my musical world, and it feels pretty great to let it out.” – Adar Alfandari (Facebook, 6. August 2021)