11 Songs, 29 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

High-octane experimental guitarist Yonatan Gat—once of the incendiary Israeli trio Monotonix—took his band into the studio during their U.S. tour and recorded this album live with Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall) in less than three days, with the intention of editing it down to this core of improvisatory ideas. Here, drummer Gal Lazer and bassist Sergio Sayeg are locked in the way that an experienced core develops when playing night after night. They anticipate Gat’s stirrings and complement his playing with a psychedelic jazz–like fluidity. “Gold Rush” has the sound of a hallucinatory desert film. Several brief pieces feel like perfect teases.

EDITORS’ NOTES

High-octane experimental guitarist Yonatan Gat—once of the incendiary Israeli trio Monotonix—took his band into the studio during their U.S. tour and recorded this album live with Chris Woodhouse (Thee Oh Sees, Ty Segall) in less than three days, with the intention of editing it down to this core of improvisatory ideas. Here, drummer Gal Lazer and bassist Sergio Sayeg are locked in the way that an experienced core develops when playing night after night. They anticipate Gat’s stirrings and complement his playing with a psychedelic jazz–like fluidity. “Gold Rush” has the sound of a hallucinatory desert film. Several brief pieces feel like perfect teases.

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About Yonatan Gat

Yonatan Gat was one of the founders of high energy Israeli trio Monotonix, a band known for their wild live shows and tireless work ethic. Monotonix toured the world non-stop for several years with their psych-heavy hard rock, and when the band called it a day in 2011, Gat continued on solo. Wasting little time, he began performing improvisatory dates with drummer Igor Domingues and keyboardist Tamar Aphek. Shortly after going solo, The Village Voice named Gat "Best Guitarist of 2013" and his first solo EP, Iberian Passage, surfaced shortly thereafter in 2014 on the Joyful Noise label. Gat's guitar playing was characterized by both Brazilian-influenced melodies and blown-out punk production. On album he also contributed other various sonic elements, sometimes singing, playing guitar, or weaving in field recordings he'd gathered himself. He followed the brief Iberian Passage the next year with full-length album Director, a series of improvisations with drummer Gal Lazer and bassist Sergio Sayeg recorded live by Thee Oh Sees producer Chris Woodhouse while the band was on a U.S. tour. Before Director even saw proper release, the same band had already finished recording another album, this time tracked at the studio of legendary punk anti-producer Steve Albini in just one day. ~ Fred Thomas

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