Exposé Online banner

Meira Asher — Dissected
(Crammed 094CD, 1995/1997, CD)

by Jeff Melton, Published 2006-05-01

Dissected Cover artSaying Israeli composer and vocalist Meira Asher is a vanguard comes as a bit of an understatement. Her work has been acclaimed worldwide as she meshes and scrutinizes world culture to fit her compositional and emotive lyrical imagery. Dissected was her first record and each piece of the eight included on her self-performed solo record provides ample clues as to her songwriting passion and ability. The opening track is a melee of incendiary conga drum playing and vocalization setting a forceful tone for the entire disc. “Fair and Ruddy” is underpinned with digeridoo while the singer imparts a story of torture and abuse. “Give Peace” is perhaps the most compelling song in the collection due in part to the harp accompaniment offset by French lyrical delivery and a mournful vocal backdrop. Asher’s incorporation of tabla for ‘Psalms 19” works especially well putting the end results much in the terrain of the inspired works of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan. The ballad “Daddy Came” is perhaps melodically the most memorable on the disc with minimal accordion accompaniment and a sad personalized lyric. Asher’s vocal prowess is consistently the most entrancing element of each of her pieces whether exploring extreme topics as disturbing as the horrors of aids or physical torture. Closing out the collection of eight pieces is another tradition piece emphasizing percussion and exotic vocalese. Overall Asher’s initial recording stands as a beacon in the Israeli music scene, establishing her as an artist to keep track of as her best work has just begun.

Filed under: Archives, Issue 33, 1997 releases, 1995 recordings

Related artist(s): Meira Asher

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...

Crack - Si Todo Hiciera Crack – While in countries like England, Italy and the United States, the outlook for progressive rock by the late seventies was practically at its bleakest; Spain's scene was at its most prolific stage. ...  (1994) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues