Classical pianist in his youth, Shlomi Shaban (שלומי שבן) decided to shift his direction towards rock’n’roll with his critically acclaimed self-titled debut album in 2000.
It took him seven years to record the follow-up, “City”, and another long break to make his third LP, “Targil Be’hitorerut” (Excercise in Waking Up), released in March this year.
Recorded with the help of respected producers Tamir Muskat & Asaf Talmudi, it’s perhaps his most accomplished album to date. This time the 38-year-old artist is accompanied by the band Acollective, bringing a vivid, rockish approach. The title track off Shlomi’s new LP features the singer Chava Alberstein (חוה אלברשטיין), and it’s one of the best Israeli songs of 2014.