Adriel’s forthcoming debut EP is an intimate collection of songs based on Jewish texts, sung in Hebrew, and made manifest through warm indie/folk and world music stylings.
The project is as much a meditation on universal experience as it is an expression of personal yearning. Adriel’s voice is sometimes that of a confidante, a singular soul whispering a sacred kind of poetry. Other times, he lifts it up in praise and the sheer joy of being alive. Always, there is a lightness, a litheness to his melodies and compositions. Add to that the organic layers of guitar, piano, cello, fiddle, oud, and steel pan, and you have an extraordinary Jewish world music album that, whether you know Hebrew or not, lifts you up, each song in a different way--from the wistful Katav Stav to the celebratory Modeh Ani to the profound and glorious Shema Koleinu. With an imagination akin to Zusha (NYC’s Hasidic folk/soul band), a gravitas that recalls Leonard Cohen, and a soulfulness that vibes with José González, Adriel is truly an artist to notice.