Oren Lavie

Oren Lavie

BandAlternativeSinger/Songwriter

Biography

OREN LAVIE / THE OPPOSITE SIDE OF THE SEA

“A theatrical album of magical qualities and hidden meaning…”
Maverick UK – (* * * *)

“The whole is cinematic and mellow, like Nick Drake in a cheerful summer bonnet…”
Uncut, UK – (* * * *)

“An outstanding debut album sung with the sweetest of voices, rich textures and melodies, crafted with a unique songwriting style.”
Subba-cultcha UK

“The Beatles, Nick Drake and Crosby, Stills & Nash are some of the pleasant associations filling my senses as I listen to the debut album of Oren Lavie, and being astonished again and again and again."
GLITTERHOUSE

Oren Lavie began his career as a playwright and a theater director. At the age of 22, after having won a national award for his writing in his home Israel, he relocated in London and proceeded to write and direct two plays on London’s Off West-End stages, to enthusiastic reviews.

Two years later, he has moved to New York where he continued to write while trying to rise above the financial difficulties of mounting full-length plays of experimental nature. Being an accomplished pianist since an early age, Oren slowly began to shift his focus from theatre to a more compressed, personal format of storytelling – the song.
In 2003 he moved to Berlin to record a handful of songs which he has collected under the title ‘The Opposite Side Of The Sea’.

The album’s sparse, acoustic arrangements create the feeling of music recorded in Black & White, with each song depicted like a dreamy scene in a movie or a secret moment in a hidden bedroom. Oren's warm, low voice carries his melodies with ease and dry simplicity, blowing through wide images of city life and fictional landscapes, inhabited by lonely characters…

‘The Opposite Side of The Sea’ is a collage of fragile moments as much as it is a raw, uncompromising presence of a distinct voice.
It is a wide landscape locked in a small room, a bright blue sky with clouds approaching.

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Lyrics

Her Morning Elegance

Written By: Oren Lavie

Sun been down for days
A pretty flower in a vase
A slipper by the fireplace
A cello lying in its case

Soon she’s down the stairs
Her morning elegance she wears
The sound of water makes her dream
Awoken by a cloud of steam
She pours a daydream in a cup
A spoon of sugar sweetens up

And she fights for her life
as she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
as it pours
And she fights for her life
as she goes in a store
with a thought she has caught
by a thread
she pays for the bread
and she goes…
…Nobody knows

Sun been down for days
A winter melody she plays
The thunder makes her contemplate
She hears a noise behind the gate
Perhaps a letter with a dove
Perhaps a stranger she could love

And she fights for her life
as she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
as it pours
And she fights for her life
as she goes in a store
with a thought she has caught
by a thread
she pays for the bread
and she goes…
…Nobody knows

And she fights for her life
as she puts on her coat
And she fights for her life on the train
She looks at the rain
as it pours
And she fights for her life
as she goes in a store
where the people are pleasantly
strange
and counting the
change
as she goes…
…Nobody knows

Ruby Rises

Written By: Oren Lavie


RUBY RISES

Ruby rises at dawn
With a sigh and a yawn
And a dream lingers on
In her dream she’s a swan

With a cloud over head
Ruby swims out of bed
She removes from her hair
Monsters made out of air
And she screams with no sound
As her feet touch the ground
As her feet touch the ground

She’ll be a morning shadow
She’ll be a morning shadow
With the sun that rises
She dematerializes

Ruby rises at dawn
With a sigh and a yawn
And you search for a trace
But there’s none in her face
Of the thoughts that she keeps
They are lost in her sleep
They are lost in her sleep

She’ll be a morning shadow
She’ll be a morning shadow
With the sun that rises
She dematerializes…

Discography

The Opposite side of The Sea, 2007 - Tuition