Asaf Avidan

Asaf Avidan

 Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, ISR
BandFolkSinger/Songwriter

"a genius... a new Messiah" - Rolling Stone Mexico

"the raw power of Joplin, the smoky twang of Loretta Lynn,
the genial approachability of Johnny Cash” - Melophobe, USA

"a force of nature” – The Crack Magazine, UK

“the illegitimate son of Janis Joplin & Jeff Buckley…”
– Le Parisien, France


Biography

Asaf Avidan (born 1980) is an Israeli singer-songwriter
and musician, best known for his voice,
often compared to Janis Joplin and Robert Plant.
He is also the creative force and front-man
of folk/rock band Asaf Avidan & the Mojos.

Solo Career
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In July 2011, following another summer tour that saw them sharing the stage with Robert Plant, Ben Harper
and Lou Reed among others,
Asaf Avidan & the Mojos announced that they are taking
an indefinite creative break.

Avidan had continuously played solo and duo acoustic shows throughout the band's career, including "regular" venue shows as well as a TED Global Conference performance, supporting Bob Dylan, playing a tribute concert for The Who at Carnegie Hall and countless radio and tv performances.

Avidan is set to continue touring and plans
to go into the recording studio in the winter
with a yet-unknown support cast of musicians.

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Avidan was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1980.
His parents were diplomats for the Israeli Foreign Office,
and he spent four years of his childhood in Jamaica.
After the mandatory army service in Israel, Avidan studied animation at Jerusalem’s Bezalel Academy of Arts & Design. His final project short film, “Find Love Now”,
won its category at the Haifa Film Festival that year.
After his studies, Avidan moved to Tel Aviv
and worked as an animator,
until a breakup with his long-time girlfriend shook his world and made him move back to Jerusalem, quit his job and turn full time to his up-till-then hobby – music.
Six songs about that breakup and subsequent heartache would constitute his debut EP, “Now That You’re Leaving”, which was released independently in 2006 to critical acclaim.

Asaf Avidan & the Mojos
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In late 2006, while playing solo shows across Israel,
Avidan put together a support cast of musicians who would become The Mojos (Ran Nir – Bass ,Yoni Sheleg – Drums, Roi Peled – Guitar, Hadas Kleinman – cello).
The group played extensively in Israel, and also played a few New York shows, including MEANY Fest,
where they advanced to the finals.
In 2007 the band went into the recording studio together
for the first time, and recorded “The Reckoning”.
The album’s 15 tracks blended rock, folk and blues with Avidan’s lyrics about relationships and betrayal.
By now the band had accumulated a huge live following in Israel and most record labels expressed interest. But Avidan decided to continue on the independent path, and founded (with his brother and manager, Roie Avidan)
Telmavar Records, on which “The Reckoning”
was released in March 2008.
It reached Gold status in a year, platinum later, and would become the biggest selling independent record of all time in Israel. It was chosen as Album of the Year (2008) by various medias, including TimeOut Tel Aviv.
“Weak”, the second single off the album, became
a huge radio hit and its video was Video of the Year on Israel’s music channel.
“Weak” would also be the title song of the film "L'Arbre"
by Julie Bertuccelli, starring Charlotte Gainsbourg,
and the closing film at Cannes Film Festival 2010.

While several European labels put offers on the table,
the band opted to embark on a self-funded summer tour in 2009, playing dozens of festivals and venues across Europe. By the end of that summer, Telmavar Records signed a licensing deal with Sony-Columbia in Europe, for "The Reckoning" and for the band's future second LP.

The Reckoning was released in parts of Europe in 2009,
to generally good reviews. In France iTunes chart it would peek at #8.

"Poor boy/Lucky Man", the band's second album,
was released in Israel on 9/9/09.
The album's title song and main theme would revolve around a boy born with a hole instead of a heart. The album was originally released in two different names and covers,
leaving it up to the audience to decide whether this figure was poor or lucky.
It would reach Gold status in Israel in 5 months,
and garner ecstatic reviews.
It was released in parts of Europe in April 2011. Among others, it was album of the month at France's national FIP radio and the newspaper Liberacion, and Germany's Eclipsed magazine.

The band continued to tour non-stop from 2009 all through 2011 (mostly in Israel and Europe but also in the US, Canada, China and India),
building up a devoted following and a reputation for a legendary live show.
Amongst the hundreds of shows, they played at Brandenburg Bridge at The World Championship of Athletics in Berlin; at the closing event at Cannes Film Festival 2010,
at China’s biggest May 1st festivals; at a tribute concert for The Who in Carnegie Hall, New York. They would play dozens of festivals across Europe (including: Solidays France, Latitude UK, Paleo Switzerland, Frequency Austria, Haldern Pop Germany) as well as countless radio and tv

Lyrics

Weak

Written By: Asaf Avidan

Speak baby speak
Tell me I'm weak
Tell me these promises are not mine to keep
Tell me I'm ugly
But tell me you love me
Tell me you cannot go through this world without me

Oh I'm just a tree
My roots are with her
But my leaves are with thee

Heal baby heal
Take all the time you will
I never thought I'd say this but I'm letting go of the bill
I don’t wanna see
Your face here no more
Still that doesn't mean that I'm shutting the door

Oh I'm just a tree
My leaves are with her
But my roots are with thee

I know these words are tearing you apart
But I told you right from the start
This is how are little song is gonna play out.

Your Anchor

Written By: Asaf Avidan

She said you're my gold -
I said no babe, I'm just your banker
She said you're my chains -
I said no babe I'm your anchor
I said baby you're my wings -
she said no babe, you're a fish
I said baby you're my dream -
she said no hun, I'm your wish

She said baby you're my river -
I said no babe, I'm your drain
She said baby you're my color -
I said no babe I'm your stain
I said baby you're my diamond -
she said no babe, I'm just your pick
I said baby you are magic -
she said no hun, just a trick

She said baby you can see me -
I said baby I just sense
She said baby you're my castle -
I said no hun, I'm your fence
I said baby you are lover
she said no hun just your maid
I said baby I love you -
she said no babe you're just afraid.

Reckoning Song

Written By: Asaf Avidan


No more tears, my heart is dry
I don't laugh and I don’t cry
I don’t think about you all the time
But when I do, I wonder why

You had to go out of my door
And leave just like you did before
I know I said that I was sure
But rich men can't imagine poor

One day baby, we'll be old
Oh baby we'll be old
And think of all the stories that we coulda told

Little me and little you
Kept doing all the things they do
They never really think it through
Like I can never think you're true

Here I go again – the blame,
the guilt, the pain, the hurt, the shame.
The founding fathers of our plane
that's stuck in heavy clouds of rain.

One day baby, we'll be old
oh baby we'll be old
and think of all the stories that we coulda told

The Ghost of a Thousand Little Lies

Written By: Asaf Avidan


You never get your hands covered in dirt
You never get your heart covered in hurt
Lean your hand upon your cheek – I'll be your glove
I try to dress you up with my love

You walk right through my walls
You walk right through my walls

The ghost of a thousand little lies
Is haunting my lips and my finger-tips, and my eyes
The ghost of a thousand little lies
Is haunting my lips and my finger-tips, and my eyes
Take me to England cause I'm going slightly mad
(nobody will notice that I'm mad in England)

You never get your hands covered in love
Lean your cheek upon your cheek – I'll be your glove

My Latest Sin

Written By: Asaf Avidan

Just like a distant thunder
My conscience is rolling in the back of my head
But your lips keep riding on in the darkness
Our guns on the floor,
near the makeup and clothes that we shed

We both trail our own paths
But the grass has worn out our parting ways
And I used to think I rode with the devil
But I'm left on my own,
even he hasn’t shown up these days

Don’t cry my latest sin
I don’t buy that (self)righteous being
Calm your worried soul
The demons and angels left us here all alone

Much like crickets at the sunrise
My guilt is fading in the depth of my chest
Your empire is brought down around us
But we're pressed on the wall
and don’t care 'bout the fall of the rest.

I pray you find your old path
But mine was lost so long ago
They say old roads were built on old rivers
Maybe that’s why I'm lost,
'cause I can't carry on with the flow

Don’t cry my latest sin
I don’t buy that (self)righteous being
Calm your worried soul
The demons and angels left us here all alone

Turn of the Tides under the Northern Lights

Written By: Asaf Avidan

The sun, it rises and sets
my homeward path is the place where it rests
Oh, where the sun goes
from there I come, to there I go
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Love is all I need to take
my heart is strong though my body'll break
My lungs will fill with the ocean's salt
but my love will keep my heart afloat
The waves will tear my battered arms
but in my heart the water is calm
The winds will strip my bones from flesh
my love is strong, my heart is fresh
My eyes and ears will feed the sea
my heart will keep on guiding me...
back home...
guide me back home...
back home.

Discography

LPs:
The Reckoning (2008) - #1 Israel charts, Platinum Record
Poor Boy / Lucky Man (2009) - #1 Israel charts, Gold Record
Through The Gale (2010) - #1 Israel charts

EPs:
Now That You're Leaving (2006)

Singles:

Many tracks have received major airplay in France and Germany especially, entering some airplay charts and iTunes charts.

Weak (2008) - #3 Israel charts, Israel video of the year;
title song of The Tree, closing film of 2010 Cannes Festival;
airplay in many national and local stations across Europe,
including FIP France, Radio 1 Germany.

Reckoning Song (2009) - distributed with Rolling Stone Germany as part of its "New Noises" compilation.

Small Change Girl (2009) - #5 Israel charts

Got It Right (2009) - #5 Israel charts