Israeli Rock Duo Cadence just release their first international album features four songs of diverse styles and musical direction, inspired by the history of the Duo’s origins. Meeting at Kindergarten at age five, and starting their first band together at age ten, Ran Zilca and Amir Shwartz proceeded to form the rock band “Inch”, that toured the Tel Aviv clubs and continued to record and perform locally in the late 1980s. Fast forward 30 years of career and family, they reunited as Cadence, working with iconic Israeli producer Gil Smetana, releasing a debut album in 2019.
While inspired by the sights and sounds impressed in the minds of two 1970s Israeli kids, The lyrics of the songs of The Big Wheel are a reflection of the personal journeys of the two artists, today an AI researcher and a real estate engineer/entrepreneur, and both family men. Musically, the styles vary from alternative/electronic rock to old-school ballads, with a recognizable influence of modern European prog metal.
Tangier : “Tangier” is set in the Strait of Gibraltar, serving as a metaphor for lovers who almost touch but are an ocean apart. One’s heaven and the other one’s hell. The smooth phaser guitars mix with brass guitar-synth and airy vocals to form a marine atmosphere where “metal ships float in the water” and “rays of sun play with the waves that sparkle back”.
Somewhere In This World: “Somewhere In This World” is a song of gratitude. Modern life is entrenched in the comfort of a daily routines. But in the background of one’s usual daily route, there is the unease from TV, radio, and social media, that constantly broadcast catastrophes, conflicts, and human pain. This song is about the awareness of human suffering, but also the gratitude that on most days life is pain-free. Headphones An aging rocker is funny business:
“Headphones” is about the dissonance between the mundane daily life of a family man, and the imaginary world that exists in his mind as soon as he puts the headphones on and the guitars start riffing inside his head. You Break ups are ever easy, but the worst kind are those that linger on while two lovers drift apart.
“You”: is about a lover who is fading away and disappearing gradually. Written and produced with subtlety, the almost-identical chords blend with the vocals and reverberated guitars to create a thin cloud of sadness.
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