Vaadat Charigim – Kezef Al Hamayim (Music Video)

by Steven Spoerl

The World Is Well Lost has become a record impossible to shake; its implications run deeper than anticipated. Essentially a commentary on a variety of social issues currently facing Vaadat Charigim’s native Tel Aviv, the meanings behind the songs have faced major obstacles in breaking through a language barrier. However, the music on its own has remained impossibly affecting. Everything on The World Is Well Lost adds up to an incredible cohesive piece of art; the sum sometimes seeming far greater than its parts. That’s not to say those parts are unimpressive, a few of the songs taken as individuals are year-end candidates. One of them, “Kezef Al Hamayim”, now has a music video to accompany it.

“Kezef Al Hamayim” follows “Odisea” and comes about a month in advance of The World Is Well Lost‘s impending vinyl release. Vaadat Charigim sticks with the hazy glow they incorporated into the video for “Odisea”, only this time they turn the cameras on themselves. “Kezef Al Hamayim” is essentially nothing more than the band playing inside of a house but the way it’s lensed adds a sense of deep unease that plays into the song well. There’s little light to be found and the attention’s placed as much on the band as the song, which is a stunner. There are moments scattered across The World Is Well Lost that manage a stunning combination of post-punk, shoegaze, and powerpop. “Kezef Al Hamayim” is certainly one of them.

While the release may not be picking up the attention it deserves, despite the best efforts of both Burger Records and the band themselves, there’s no reason that can’t change. It hopefully will after the record receives a January vinyl release, because this is one of 2013’s best moments. Boundaries and barriers become less important when music operates on the level it does on The World Is Well Lost. The fact that a lot of people haven’t picked up on this band yet makes the record’s title frighteningly apt. Those that have (like FILTER, who premiered the video), won’t cease in their coverage until people have this band in their life. They’re that good.

The World Is Well Lost is available on cassette from Burger and the video for “Kezef Al Hamayim” is below.