Paul Amitai

Paul Amitai

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Dub-inspired electronic rock that shifts from downtempo soul to epic sublime.

Biography

Paul Amitai is a Brooklyn-based artist who performs as a one-man operation. With an array of digital and traditional instruments, Amitai mixes electronic music with avant-rock, soul music with dub reggae production, and darkly rendered vocals with gritty sonic textures.

As both a solo performer and a member of various bands, Amitai has shared the stage with a diverse range of musicians, including Run-DMC, The Skatalites, The Specials, Califone, and Crooked Fingers.

During the early to mid 1990s as the lead singer/guitarist/songwriter of The Pacers, Amitai toured the States and recorded a number of releases while still in his teens. The group developed a national following, headlining shows at venues such as First Avenue, the Metro and The Rave. In 1994, the group recorded the full-length album Strictly for Lovers produced by Fishbone's Chris Dowd and recorded at Pachyderm Studios, birthplace of Nirvana's In Utero.

From 1995 to 1999, Amitai fronted the downtempo electronic group Jookbeet. In 1998, the quartet of Milwaukee and Chicago musicians recorded the full-length album Underneath the Winter Glass.

From 1999 to the present, Amitai has performed as a solo artist and in various collaboratives. Bridging the gap between the rock scene and the gallery scene, he continues to play clubs as well as alternative spaces and galleries, melding video and sound performance, pop music with experimentalism.

Lyrics

Sleepy People

Written By: Paul Amitai

Hey sleepy people
Won't you wake up from this dream
So I can say something
I've got a feeling that just won't go away
I am wide awake

Who's the one
Who's to blame
Turn the past into a cirus
Truth is an amusement park
I go downtown
I'm in Paris and Berlin
In my mind I am somebody
In my body I'm nowhere

Give it up
Everything
All your hopes and dreams
Standing down
For what it's worth
And what will never be
Still as the night of winter
Quiet as she comes
Steam is rising inside
Outside still as night

Hey broken people
It's not too late to try
To change the memory
I've got a feeling that just won't go away
I am wide awake

Outside there's a desert
A jungle built to last
Always warmer weather
When you're living under glass
Fly out to the west
From the black to neon light
One foot in the present
The other in the past

Give it up
Everything
All your hopes and dreams
Standing down
For what it's worth
And what will never be
Still as the night of winter
Quiet as she comes
Steam is rising inside
Outside still as night

Hey sleepy people
Won't you wake up from this dream
So I can say something
I've got a feeling that just won't go away
I am wide awake

Give it up
Everything
All your hopes and dreams
Standing down
For what it's worth
And what will never be
Still as the night of winter
Quiet as she comes
Steam is rising inside
Outside still as night

Discography

River of Shadows (2006 Jookbeet Musique)
Full-length release available from CD Baby and iTunes.

"Cruel Fate of Spring" (2006 Mush Records)
Collaboration with electronic artist Caural featured on his full-length album, Mirrors for Eyes.

Set List

Set is comprised of original material featured primarily on full-length release, River of Shadows.

Typical set length: 40 minutes

Artist is able to provide video accompaniment to music.