Charmed & Strange

CD Released On: Jan 29, 2008
Released By: Verve Forecast

release description

Charmed and Strange reflects the breadth and depth of Yoav's technical innovation, working in tandem with his distinctive voice as a singer and songwriter. The album opens with the hypnotic "Adore Adore." "Club Thing," inspired by nocturnal jaunts through the underbelly of New York nightlife, proves he only needs his trusty acoustic to compete with Timbaland's beat-making. On "Beautiful Lie," his hands tease unexpected sounds from the neck and body of the guitar, even as he sings of a longtime relationship turned sour. His rendition of "Where Is My Mind," created in part by singing into the pickup on his guitar, then fashioning his voice into a spectral loop, turns the Pixies classic ever-so-gently on its head. Charmed and Strange incorporates myriad sounds: woozy vapor trails; clipped, modern club beats; Middle Eastern flourishes; flashes of quiet introspection reminiscent of Nick Drake; eerie outcries a la Jeff Buckley - all crafted by Yoav, using only his voice, an acoustic guitar, simple effects and treatments... and a lot of imagination.

"Club Thing" Video

Tour Dates

Jan 25 - The Bodega Social, Nottingham, Midlands

Jan 31 - Vega, Copenhagen

Feb 1 - Botanique - Rotonde, Brussels

Feb 4 - La Fleche d'Or, Paris

Feb 5 - Paradiso, Amsterdam

Feb 6 - Crawdaddy, Dublin

Feb 12 - Soho Revue Bar, London

Feb 15 - Maxwells, Hoboken, New Jersey

Feb 16 - Mercury Lounge, New York, New York

Feb 17 - Blind Pig, Ann Arbour, Michigan

Feb 21 - Hotel Utah, San Francisco, California

Feb 22 - High Dive, Seattle, Washington

Feb 24 - Doug Fir Lounge, Portland, Oregon

Feb 28 - Roundhouse, London

Feb 29 - Roundhouse, London

Mar 3 - Zaphods, Ottawa, Ontario

Mar 5 - Le Cabaret, Montreal, Quebec

Mar 7 - Lees Palace, Toronto, Ontario

Mar 11 - The Media Lounge, Vancouver, British Columbia

Apr 27 - Coachella Festival, Indio, California