Luke Top and Lewis Pesacov are the two brains behind this incredible collective of musicians that blends mainly African music styles with contemporary pop music. The result is more global-sounding than bands like Vampire Weekend or even Yeasayer* and has a strange attraction.
Most of their songs are sung in hebrew which raises the question why not more bands (who have singers like Luke Top) try it out because it’s a beautiful language.
Some of the musicians of this often losely composed group are from quite famous bands (e.g. We are Scientists) and add to this feeling of community.
Call me a cheesecake but there is a certain unity to this music that blends tradition, innovation, pop and roots in such a seamless way that you can’t help but feel warm and comfortable.
Surprise Hotel (Despite what I just said, the video is just plain weird and I haven’t figured out yet if that’s good)
*Coincidentally (or not) both of these bands come from Brooklyn and were formed around 2006. When I hear the term “Afropop meets Indie” I still think of Yeasayer first, although Vampire Weekend obviously are a bit more popular. I wonder whether they know each other or got influenced by each other in any way because it is a really odd coincidence, isn’t it? Maybe it’s a certain scene there in Brooklyn that just threw tons of Afropop parties back then…