This week Israeli shoegaze trio Vaadat Charigim share the cinematic video for “Hashiamum Shokea.” The video was directed by the band’s drummer Yuval Guttman. According to the band, “the idea of the video was to show many people repeating pointless actions, while the lead singer calmly delivers his text about boredom and pointlessness, looking straight on through everything happening. During the choruses Juval Harring sings : ‘Sometimes the boredom sinks in, and sometimes it overflows, god is all knowing, and Man returns to sand’. The whole setting of the video gives these words a personal, very Tel Aviv-ian angle, as most participating actors are active artists in the local scene”. Stream the video over at Paper Magazine and on YouTube.
Vaadat Charigim consists of members Yuval Haring (guitar, vocals), Yuval Guttman (drums) and Dan Fabian Bloch (bass).
ALLMUSIC GUIDE has described their sound as “a holy hybrid of Ride’s wistful dreaminess andSlowdive’s protracted druggy slow-motion guitar haze”.
Since their inception in 2012, the band has been very influential on the Israeli rock scene, due to their widely covered debut LP, and their rapidly growing international following.
The band has won critical acclaim internationally despite their songs being sung entirely in Hebrew – an unprecedented achievement for an Israeli rock band. Their distinctive sound derives from their unique mixture of local Israeli rock from the 80s and 90s with international Indie rock from the same era, as well as in their insistency on the Hebrew language, with all its aesthetic and rhythmic oddities.
‘Sinking as a Stone’ follows their first album – ‘The World is Well Lost’, and continues the band’s search for meaning in a chaotic, war stricken world. The album, like their first, was also recorded by the band in their Tel Aviv apartment/studio for several months, and was also produced by Kyle “Slick” Johnson. Unlike the first record, which dealt more with catastrophe, ‘Sinking as a Stone’ is a record about boredom (the LP’s name in Hebrew literally means “The Boredom Sinks In”), in the existential sense of boredom as a moment of clarity, of feeling time passing, of being aware of one’s self. This boredom is taken apart song by song, each piece of music representing different states of boredom, which a young Israeli can find him or herself in : The boredom of waiting, the boredom of being hopeful, the boredom of death, the boredom of hopelessness, the boredom of never finding love in the city, and so on. ‘Sinking as a Stone’ is the second part of the band’s “Tel Aviv” trilogy, with most songs describing or dealing lyrically with local bohemian states of mind.
Vaadat Charigim ‘Sinking As A Stone’ [Burger Records / Anova Music] Vinyl Release Date: September 18, 2015