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Asaf Avidan

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Reckoning Song (One Day) Asaf Avidan 02:46
One Day / Reckoning Song (Wankelmut Remix) Asaf Avidan, The Mojos 03:35
Different Pulses Asaf Avidan 04:26
The Labyrinth Song Asaf Avidan 04:08
Lost Horse Asaf Avidan, MC Solaar 04:17
Maybe You Are Asaf Avidan, The Mojos 02:44
My Old Pain Asaf Avidan 03:49
Love It Or Leave It Asaf Avidan 04:29
Lost Horse Asaf Avidan 03:53
Setting Scalpels Free Asaf Avidan 03:41

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Taking his cues from great 1960s troubadours, soul legends and ragged old bluesmen, Israeli singer-songwriter Asaf Avidan specialises in personal ballads and folk-rock stomps, but first became known to European audiences when one of his tracks was remixed into a floor-filling club hit. Born on March 23rd, 1980 in Jerusalem as the son of a diplomat, Avidan spent parts of his childhood living in Jamaica and Thailand, later working as an animator in Tel Aviv, but reached a crossroads in his life when he broke up with his long term girlfriend. At the age of 25 he moved back to his hometown and kick-started his music career by pouring his soul into a set of smart, introspective, heart-wrenching songs. Although fairly inexperienced, he harvested the inspiration of Leonard Cohen, Billie Holiday and Bob Dylan and formed The Mojos in 2006, getting a reputation for his distinctive, high singing voice and raw, philosophical songwriting skills. Under the name Asaf Avidan and The Mojos, their debut album The Reckoning went platinum in Israel and their sensitive, bluesy, indie rock jams made them popular stars of the national music scene, but by 2011 Avidan was ready to turn solo. Around the same time, German DJ producer Wankelmut had re-worked his track “Reckoning Song” into a strutting, thumping, EDM club tune that was gaining popularity on SoundCloud. Avidan was disappointed that his song had been turned from an acoustic, emotional lament into a throbbing, fist-pumping radio hit, but the “One Day/Reckoning” remix went on to receive 150 million YouTube views and reach number one in 14 countries. Signing a deal with Polydor, his debut solo album Different Pulses made the top ten in France and Italy in 2012 and his passionate, worldly musings steadily built a healthy cult following across the world. He went on to tour with second album Gold Shadow in the UK and US and his songwriting became more abstract and melancholy on The Study On Falling in 2017. He continued to make inroads in Europe with its 2020 follow-up, the pensive, self-exploratory Anagnorisis, which borrowed its title from an abstract Aristotelian term.