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Approved: Asaf Avidan

By | Published on Monday 14 October 2013

Asaf Avidan

Despite never having officially released any music as a solo artist in the UK, Israeli musician Asaf Avidan has already performed one sold out show in London, at Union Chapel in Islington. When he next returns to play the capital, at the Shepherds Bush Empire on 12 Nov, he will have released his UK debut single, ‘Different Pulses’, which is due out through Universal on 28 Oct.

Listening to ‘Different Pulses’ for the first time, there are two points in the song that really strike you. The first is the moment his voice comes in, a strange, jarring sound that takes you completely by surprise. And, trust me, even though I’ve warned you, it still will. The second impact point is the one where you realise just how much you’re enjoying it, almost without noticing that Avidan’s voice has changed from something you keep at arm’s length to a sound you pull close to you and envelop yourself with.

As opening gambits go, this is impressive to say the least.