Full track listening:
Rough house 4:43
Lone tech sucke 4:02
emerging foundations 6:49
Spatial Awareness 20:59
Friend of no one but your phone 2:12
Ofer Bymel – Drums
Daniel Davidovsky – Electronics
Ido Bukelman – Electric Guitar
released May 3, 2014
Recorded live at Levontin 7, October 2013, Tel-Aviv by Tomer Harari-Kaplan and Rosllan Gross
Mixed & Masted by Avi Elbaz at R&Beat studio
Speicel thanks to Levontin 7 & Avi Elbaz
By Paul Acquaro, The freejazz blog:
EFT is guitar, drums and electronics trio from Israel and their album Spatial Awareness is an icky good affair. It's cover has some vaguely alien but all too human looking image, it sounds like a little like a heart being defibrillated at times, and is probably one of the more absorbing albums I've listened to. I can't get the shards of guitar and arrhythmic beats out of my head, and the prickly electronics are sparingly applied, shaping the sound but not domineering. It's just all done so well.
The tracks leading up to the center piece 'Emerging Foundations' build from the last. Gaining in volume and intensity, the trio works up the nerve to the track's embark on the splintered mayhem and long spacious interludes. The fizzle of electronics spar with with the scattershot of the guitar and well placed propulsion from the drums keep the track in motion. What exactly what makes it all work is wonderfully mysterious, but I'm happy to report that it works just great!
Oh, and I'm going to vote this track title for title of the year: 'friend of no one but your phone'.
By EYAL HAREUVENI, all about jazz
The third album of the Israeli Electro Free Trio—EFT—marks the constant evolution of this working band. This powerful outfit always searched for ways to blend on-the-spot free improvisation strategies with live electronics, noise and metal but now has reached a balanced interplay that stresses the original, constant-evolving voices of each of the musicians—guitarist Ido Bukelman, in his many solo projects, drummer Ofer Bymel, the drummer of choice of countless local experimental outfits, and electronics wizard Daniel Davidovsky, who keeps expanding his sonic palette.
Spatial Awareness was recorded live at Levontin 7 club in Tel Aviv on October 2013 and captures the experimental, slow-burning dynamics of the trio. Abstract sonic searches, fragments of white noise and concrete sounds and subtle rhythmic rustling evolve patiently until a common thread unites all into a rich and nuanced texture. On the beginning of this live recordings the aggressive interplay of former releases is transformed into an otherworldly update of the dramatic, atmospheric prog-rock suites.
But from the the fourth piece and on through the 21-minutes title piece EFT pushes harder. The abstract electronics become restless and tense, on the verge of explosion, the drumming is massive and the guitar lines are distorted and mutated. The tight interplay of the trio reaches its eruptive climax quite soon but still searches for higher, volatile catharsis. The sonic storm subsides on the short "Friend of No One But Your Phone" that highlights Davidovsky's inventive vocabulary but morphs again into a spare yet still powerful onslaught on the last "Circuit."
By Thurston Hunger, KFJC
Third release from this trio, when I reviewed their
initial offering, I remember writing “jazz?” And if
I’ve learned anything at KFJC about genres, it’s that
the question mark is a thing of beauty. Willful, resistant
beauty. This time around, I found myself drawn to
the least conventional member, Daniel Davidosky whose
array of electronics (often rough-hewn home-made tech
with rougher sounds) help to get the hair standing up
on the back of my neck. There’s a crisp electricity
flowing from him and also from Ido Bukelman’s guitar,
who pushes the Sonny Sharrock charge, spiking in on
the exploratory scale past Kletka Red to Starfuckers.
But there’s more mania on here, aided by the heart
amping drumwork of Ofer Bymel. Both guitar and drums
are prone to bursts of improvisation, that catch you
with a jag but then don’t drag you on a two minute
blitz. Indeed the album’s title (and the epic number
of the same name) showcase “space.” That space is
so crucial, to let the alien transmissions from
planet Davidosky beam in. Check out “Friend of No One
But Your Phone” for a short showcase of that (and
further proof that “Untitled #6″ is a lazy waste
of effort for song titles). I really hope that the
ragged guitar/drumplay will dare rock fans to dig
this, and I think some of our electro weird ear
fans can help accentuate that gorgeous question
mark at play here! These guys are from Earth,
by way of Israel for what it’s worth. And their
music is worth plenty!