Flowers in the Ghetto
Israel’s mainstream music scene this decade sucked quite bad – there were some good songs of course, but in general with pour connection to any trends in the rest of the world.
The only mainstream israeli artists that seem to be able make the cut here are these:
Efrat Gosh – Tamid Kshe ata Ba
Efrat Gosh – Paam Bachaim
Not everyone has to be a singer-songwriter. sometimes, an excellent singer is just fine.
Both of these are from her debut, written mostly by Yoni Bloch and Barak Feldman.
Paam Bachaim is an Amir Lev cover – I think this cover makes it one of the best israeli songs ever.
Idan Richel – Medabrim Besheket
From his debut. In a TV interview, Raichel said his best reward would be that his songs will be credited in the future as “composer: traditional (amami)”
Crossover between world music and israeli mainstream, some think it’s too mainstream, i think it’s done with rare talent. He combines mellow pop with ethiopian/african influences, gaining international success as ‘world music’ as well.
Ehud banai – Blues Cnaani
Oldie but Goodie – still the best folk around, a rare song dedicated to meir ariel of course.
Notable mentions go to Amir Benayoun and Dikla for making quality arabic music, Assaf Amdurski and Ivri Lider, for musically producing current sounding stuff, Dana intl, and the Pik sis for trying to do fashionable quality pop and Eviatar, Rona, and some others for writing a few pop-rock jems.
The only fine pop to really make it into mainstream, while still being trendy and cool, is Emily Karpel, so here is the vid for Tipa:
And well….what would this decade be without these two raw talents??….and all the BS that followed….: