Overview. This year marks the tenth of collaboration for Red Axes, the Tel Aviv-based duo of Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi. Informed by post-punk, new wave, and a plethora of club sounds old and new, they have cleaved a singular path with their hefty discography. To celebrate their anniversary, they reunite with Dark Entries for an eponymous 11 track LP brimming with jagged guitars, spacy arpeggios, and hypnotic vocals.
Although Sadovnik and Arzi have previously released LPs on I’m A Cliche and Garzen Records, Red Axes is their first effort written and conceived of as an album-length listening experience. This work flows effortlessly through a variety of stylistic detours, highlighting their ears as both keen listeners and skilled DJs. Opener ‘They Game’ is a grooving number that unifies the psychedelia of cosmic disco with the early 90s ‘baggy’ sound. The energy mounts further with “Shelera”, a guitar-driven acidic banger, and “Sticks and Stones”, a certifiable club hit fueled by sassy vocals courtesy of Adi Bronicki. Launching Side B is “Break the Limit”, an EBM-laced number that wouldn’t sound out of place on a Razormaid compilation. The following tracks wax moodier, with “Brotherhood (Of the Misunderstanding)” touching on darkwave territory. “Udibaby” and “Arpman” close out the album with their respectively dense and sparse takes on kosmische lysergia.
Red Axes was mixed by Steve Dub and mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios. The album’s artwork starkly depicts the project’s name in blood-red smear. Also included is a postcard with full credits and album art. It’s rare one finds an album that so casually challenges classification while still being firmly rooted on the dancefloor.
releases May 8, 2020
c) 2020 Dark Entries Records
(p) 2020 Minds On Fire
Red Axes are Dori Sadovnik and Niv Arzi
All songs written, performed and produced by Red Axes
except “Sticks & Stones” written by Dori Sadovnik / Niv Arzi / Adi Bronicki
“Brotherhood (Of The Misunderstood)” written by Dori Sadovnik / Niv Arzi / Nadav Spiegel
“Moonlight” and “Udibaby” written by Dori Sadovnik / Niv Arzi / Ehud Naor
“Udibaby” produced by Dori Sadovnik / Niv Arzi / Ehud Naor
Cello on “They Game” by Noa Ayali
Additional vocals and production on “Shelera” by Ehud Naor
Vocals on “Sticks & Stones” by Adi Bronicki
Vocals on “Brotherhood (Of The Misunderstood) ” by Nadav Spiegel
Guitar on “Brotherhood (Of The Misunderstood) ” by Gil Broid
Keys on “Moonlight” by Shai Landa
Drums on “Moonlight” by Ehud Naor
Piano & Organ on “Arpman” by Shlomi Shaban
“They Game” contains a sample from Butthole Surfers "They Came In” courtesy Hollywood Records
“Watching You” contains a sample from Colin Potter “The State” courtesy I.C.R.
Mixed by Steve Dub for Pieces of 8 Music’
Mastered by George Horn at Fantasy Studios, Berkley 2020
Cover Typography by Yaniv Sharon
Layout Production by Eloise Leigh
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