Exposé Online banner

Avi Bellili — The Power of Balance
(LA 4 Records LA-10527, 2002, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2005-09-01

The Power of Balance Cover artComposer Avi Belleli is perhaps best known as the mastermind behind Israeli band Tractor's Revenge and also for his collaborations with drummer Dave Kerman (Present, 5uu’s etc.). Co-produced and engineered by Udi Koomran, this grouping of ten short and distinct pieces presents experiments in rhythmic and audio soundscapes. The album opens within a quiet acoustic guitar atmosphere, but the best example of this experimental approach is on the second track. “Fairys” is grounded by pulsing drum machines that instill a metallic vibe with backwards loops and watery guitar phrasing. “Steam” is also an impressive piece that relies on jumbled rhythmic qualities to create an earthy sound collage. The sixth Hebrew named track is the most traditional song, relying on guitar harmonics to propel a folk song melody line sounding a bit like synthesized melodica. “Kuru” is the creepiest piece on the recording opening in what sounds like a dark tomb, then a sound window opens to reveal a cacophonous band playing loudly at exaggerated speed. The last two pieces close out the disc on a more somber note. “Zabieba” features a two guitar pastoral arpeggio that underlies a ghostly lead part that is one of the high points of the recording. The final piece “Loot” is an acoustic percussion driven song that adds shakers and a spiraling but tribal vocal tracking. In closing, Belleli and Koomran set a comfortable tone of individual audio research with this recording that was the signpost of greater endeavors to come for each of them.

Filed under: New releases, Issue 32, 2002 releases

Related artist(s): Avi Belleli

Latest news

2021-04-01
New Aristocrats Live Album on the Way – No foolin'! These supreme musicians toured Europe early in 2020, just before touring ceased to be a thing musicians could do, and there were some hot performances captured. On May 7, some of these will be releases as Freeze! Live in Europe 2020. » Read more

2021-03-25
Return of Jerry Lucky's Progressive Rock Files – After much consideration and surprisingly, positive feedback, Jerry Lucky is announcing the launch of the progressive Rock Files podcast, featuring the latest progressive rock music from around the world. » Read more

2021-03-14
Jewlia Eisenberg RIP – The sad news has come out that Jewlia Eisenberg has died. As a founding member of Charming Hostess, Eisenberg changed the face of music, bringing together Balkan klezmer, American folk, and experimental rock in a distinctive blend that garnered much praise. » Read more

2021-03-11
RIP Roger Trigaux – The sad news has come to our attention that Roger Trigaux, the guiding force of Present and former member of Univers Zero, passed away on the evening of March 10, 2021 after a long ilness. » Read more

2021-02-14
SoundQuest Fest 2021 – SoundQuest Fest, first experienced as a live festival in Tucson Arizona in 2010 was created by ambient music pioneer Steve Roach. This 2021 event will unite a worldwide gathering of artists and audience members together for a 3-day online event unique in the realm of ambient music. From March 26-28th a continuous flow of streamed performances, audio-video wonder worlds and deep immersion zones will burn bright on Roach’s YouTube channel. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Roger Powell - Cosmic Furnace – This legendary album from the early days of electronic music is a welcome reissue. The overall sound is a bit unusual because of Powell’s use of ARP synthesizers rather than Moogs. The tracks...  (2006) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues