Don’t Hold Onto The Clouds 7/10

UNCUT - - New Albums - is­raeli re­nais­sance man in­dulges his serene side WYNDHAM WALLACE

Ret­i­cent star of 2016’s heart­warm­ing doc­u­men­tary Pre­sent­ing Princess Shaw – about how his Thru You video project turned singer Princess Shaw into an in­ter­net phe­nom­e­non – kib­butzd­welling Ophir Ku­tiel is best known for psych-rock Afrobeat jams, but this four-track col­lec­tion finds him ex­plor­ing more am­bi­ent ten­den­cies. Re­volv­ing around his Juno 6 synth, which bub­bles through the Orb-like “Un­known” and rum­bles through “Lu­cid Dream”’s pops and taps, it also finds him ex­per­i­ment­ing with sitar and fu­ne­real key­board melodies on the med­i­ta­tive “Min­eral”. Most peace­ful, though, is the sparse “Be­hind The Noise”, dom­i­nated by the echoes of a tabla do­nated by his mother.

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