Saturday, January 12, 2008

Knesiat Hasechel - Kach Shirim - 1994 - Israel - Indie/Rock/Altternative

Knesiat Hashechel (The Mind Church)


Yoram Chazan - guitar, vocals, sax
Ran Elmaliach - base, vocals
Mike Golan - keyboards, samples, programming
David Rased - guitars

Taking its name from Robert M. Pirsig's modern classic novel "Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance" Knesiat Hasechel ( The Church of Reason), one of the more dominant groups that came into consciousness in Israel of the 1990s, maintain loyalty to literary influences in their 1994 album "Kach Shirim" (Take These Poems):

"Take these poems, do not read this book
Do violence to it:
Spit on it, squish it
Kick it, pinch it."

From a poem by Meir Weiseltier, loosely translated from the Hebrew by Ran Abramson

And they did. Using poems of prominent Israeli poets, "Knesiat Hasechel" creates a dialogue between music, words and also image by giving a stage to the works of the photographer Ronen Lelna in the album cover and inserts. From pre-state poets to more contemporary ones, the group's music casts itself like a fishnet over the words, gathering them into this obscure space where its boundaries are drawn by the absence of which, taking them out of their silence, their water, their natural habitat, and serving them to our ears, whispering – take us...
Thanx to Oswaldo Parks

Ripped from CD
Thanx to Natalia

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