Old Man River

Old Man River

 Sydney, New South Wales, AUS

Old Man River grew up in Israel, learned to write songs in New York City, studied sitar with a guru in India and now lives at Bondi Beach, Sydney. His glorious pop mixes eastern-influences with wonderful lyric and soulful tunes. Dylan, Beck, Badly Drawn Boy.


After the success of his 2007 debut, Good Morning, you might have expected Ohad Rein, aka Old Man River, to record a quick follow-up and capitalise on his growing popularity. Instead, the enigmatic Sydneysider has kept music lovers in suspense: over the past three years, he’s barely played a show on Australian soil. With no new tunes on the radio and no gigs to attend, you’d be forgiven for thinking that Old Man River had dropped off the face of the Earth.

But Rein has been far from idle. The years since 2007 have been some of the busiest of his life, full of international adventures, business developments and personal triumphs. Music has taken him all over the world – to countries like Italy, Japan and Korea, where Good Morning has been a chart-topping success; and to Israel and India, where he found the inspiration to write an album’s-worth of new material. Back home, he signed a new publishing deal with J. Albert & Son, won the APRA Award for ‘Blue’s & Roots’ Artist of the Year and he connected with a new record label, Stop Start (EMI), who were passionate about his grand vision for the new album. And in mid-2009, he and his partner welcomed their first child into the world. So in many ways - new beginnings, for this amazing talent.

Now, Rein is finally set to return to the spotlight with Trust – an album that builds on the foundation of Good Morning yet sounds like nothing he’s done before. It’s a glorious collection of pop music, infused with global sounds and held together by ambitious, widescreen production. The sunny melodies and lyrical honesty that defined OMR’s early work are still present, but there’s also a new sense of maturity that makes these songs resonate more profoundly.

“This album is very different in the sense that everything became deeper,” says Rein. “The sound is much richer. There are a lot more textures and elaborate production on this album... I feel like I've let myself open up on this album and expose more personal layers”

Listening to Trust is like taking an exhilarating, cosmopolitan journey. The album was written while Old Man River was on the road in Asia, Europe and America, then recorded over a 12-month period at studios in Sydney, Tel Aviv and Mumbai. A cornucopia of musicians from all corners of the globe contributed to the record’s full-bodied sound, and Rein enlisted several renowned producers to helm the recording sessions.
“For the first album, I was limited by budget and other constraints,” he says. “I didn’t realise a lot of my aspirations. But this time I was following a philosophy of what would I do if I was free to do ANYTHING I dreamed of – so even though I was paying for the recording – I funded it like I was on a major label.”

Trust’s behind-the-scenes talent includes producers Wayne Connolly (You Am I, Youth Group, Sarah Blasko), Ori Avni from Israel, and legendary Indian record-maker Daman Sood (Jagjit Singh, Abida Parveen). “I’ve always had this dream to go to India and record something,” Rein explains. “I thought it would happen further down the road, but while I was recording, I started thinking all these existential thoughts: ‘Who knows if there’s going to be a next album? What’s the point of sitting and waiting? Let’s live the dream now.’”

He continues: “So we went to India and we managed to track down this producer guru that I'm a great fan of. He used to be really big in the ‘60s and ‘70s and responsible for the finest works in Indian music history, but he’s not producing any more: he’s a born-again Christian. He’s the pastor of a church now. But he was happy to do this recording, as a one-off. He's quite a character and looks a bit like the Indian equivalent of Marlon Brando.”

Finally, OMR flew the Trust master tapes to the USA, where Tony Hoffer (Beck, Air, Phoenix) mixed the record and tied together its many disparate strands on the key cuts from the album.

Back in Australia, Rein set to work assembling a touring band that would do the new album justice. He took these new players out on the road in May for a low-key run of shows, and is planning more extensive touring in the months ahead. “I always felt like the band could improve, technically,” he admits. “This new band is amazing: the kind of musicians I’ve always dreamed of playing with. The live show sounds about a trillion times better now.

“Everything about this album is more professional,” he adds. “This time, we’re doing things properly.”

2010 is shaping up to be the year that Rein reaches a new level of connectedness, both with those who already follow his music and with audiences he has yet to touch. He’s ready for mainstream success – but he’d be just as happy with cult status. “Music is a beautiful industry,” he says, “because it puts you in your place. When we toured Good Morning, we could play to 20,000 people at a festival in Italy one week, and then play to five people at a pub in Bunbury the next. It’s like one day you’re a king, and the next da


Shanti Aaye

Written By: Ohad Rein

(Let peace Come in)

Love came one day knocking at my door
Whispering words I never heard before
Stop the war now make room inside your soul
Let the peace come in and shine upon us all…

Shanti Aaye , Shanti Aaye ,Shanti Aaye…

Pyar Ka Ehsaas Dil Mein Aye
(The feeling of love is emerging from the heart)

Karen aman Ki Milke Duaayeen
(Let’s pray together for peace)

Sholon Ki Aag Hum Bujhayen
(Let’s douse the fireballs of hatred)

Har Dil Mein Pyar Ke Sur Sajayen
(Let’s attune every heart to love’s melody )

Shanti Aaye , Shanti Aaye ,Shanti Aaye…


Sunshine - EP (independent 2004)
Holes In The Valley - album (Astralwerks/EMI 2005)
Trousers - EP (independent 2006)
Good Morning - Album (SonyBMG March 2007 - Australia / Italy / Germany / Japan)
You're On My Mind - EP ( Stop Start - EMI April 2010/ Australia)
TRUST - Album ( SONY June 2010 - Japan)

Set List

Believe It
The Wedding Song
Better Place
Table For Two
All The Things