16 March 2015

Exclusive Pics: Electric Desert live at the Sounds of the Old City music festival, 11 March 2015

Electric Desert are a young Israeli band that combines a late '60s/early '70s psychedelic rock vibe with a Middle Eastern groove and tonality. On their 2014 album, guitarist Nir Popliker trades fuzz guitar licks with Barak Sober's flute runs. 

But onstage at last week's Sounds of the Old City festival, Sober's place was filled by soprano saxophonist Ayalon Toshiner, whose expressive klezmer-style playing provided a great contrast to the rest of the band's rock groove. During their first set, sans percussionist Gavriel Friesem, drummer Udi Krauss kept the groove going and, together with bassist Omer Lutzky, had the crowd dancing and tapping their feet. 

I don't know whether Toshiner is a permanent replacement for Sober or just a stand-in, but I would highly recommend that the band keeps him on board as a full-time member. He's terrific!

This band is definitely one to watch.

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