A seventh album in the form of an identity quest for Asaf Avidan – rts.ch

The Israeli singer and songwriter is back with “Anagnorisis”. A seventh album composed during confinement while Asaf Avidan was in the midst of an existential crisis on his farm in Tuscany.

The whole world discovered his voice from elsewhere when “The Reckoning” was released in 2008, while he was singing in the group Asaf Avidan & The Mojos. Record of the year, best music video for the song “Weak”, platinum record, the rise of Asaf Avidan, who has been leading a solo career since 2011, is dazzling. For ten years, the Israeli artist has made a series of records and tours around the world.

>> To see and listen, the song “Weak”:


But, wrung out by this rhythm, the musician with the androgynous voice decides to take a break. Direction Italy where he has a house. “I didn’t know I was going to make an album. I didn’t even know if I was going to make music. I just needed it to stop. I just needed to know who I was without. all that “, explains the singer.

A bluffing album

Alone in the middle of the Tuscan countryside, in the midst of his midlife crisis, his desire to make a new album gradually returned to him. But that’s when the pandemic arrives. “And suddenly the world stopped spinning, and we all had time. Getting stuck away from everyone else made me go deep inside. I wrote a song about accepting death that I would probably never have composed if I had been in Tel Aviv with the effervescence around me “, concedes the singer.

>> To listen and see: the music video for the song “Anagnorisis” by Asaf Avidan directed by Wim Wenders

The result is stunning. Baptized “Anagnorisis”, a term of narratology coined by Aristotle which describes the moment when a character reveals his true identity, this album is fuller and more luminous than the preceding ones. And also more personal in his way of opening the door to happiness, long closed at Asaf Avidan, and of evacuating the disillusions and ruptures which so far most often nourished his repertoire.

TV subject: Julie Evard

Adaptation web: aq

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