Asaf Ashkenazy views the world through different eyes. They say you have to take off your shoes before you wear someone else’s. With the kind of music that Asaf writes, this holds true with the mythical magic that entrances listeners, with his simple compositions. This is his EP from 2022, Dog in Yard.
Opening the EP with Don’t Cry, he chooses a simple, running chord progression. Your minds’ ear gets hooked to the wave of transition that grips this track. The flourishes are simple as well, creating an indie folk soul within the song that breathes with a newfound love for life. It is a brilliant song, something that is near perfect to open up the pandora’s box of your experiences.
Spread The Light has a bluesy change in the sound, having a slight kick to it. It is a gradual change in gear, and the electric guitar brings the spark needed for the pace change. The vocals are the joy of this track, with a positive message. For a groove that is so simple, you’d want to pick up your own guitar and join along. That’s what I did.
Take Me has a peek into Asaf Ashkenazy’s mind, into Neverland. He needs an escape, and this song encapsulates what we all felt for 2 years. It has great breathers with the bridge elements, and the vocal choices are unique and stylish. The memorable imprints these songs leave make for some great conversation, especially with yourself. The sorcery of a true connoisseur. Asaf Ashkenazy teams up with Shai Sol for Thinking Of You. It is another perfect progression for the mood of this song. There are some unpredictable changes Asaf pulls off with charisma and finesse. It is the hallmark of a great musician in the making. One that breathes in the same rhythm as the music he plays.
C’est La Victor is a wonderful track in Hebrew. Asaf makes sure you’re linked to this track, even though you might not understand the lyrics. This is one of those songs that transcend language barriers. It is emotional, indicative of the message, and the tonality is suggestive of the tale. It is a perfect ending to an EP that is massively underrated. For a debut EP, Asaf Ashkenazy brings the house down, with tracks that mean something to him, and consequently something to us.
I could imagine many of these peppering the scenes in Fast Times at Ridgmont High and even Across the Universe. It has a whole different tone to it, and would vastly improve the feel of the scene. Asaf has now released his second EP, Second Album Crisis. This is something of great promise, and another brilliant collection you should check out. Make sure to follow him for more music!