Alex Izraev - Laboratory (2023)

Alex Izraev is an Israeli cinematographer and gaffer located in Tel Aviv. Alex composes music in his leisure time in his home studio, influenced by the Progressive Rock and Folk genres, experimenting with various instruments and sounds from the 1970s to produce his songs.

Alex wrote about his new work, "Laboratory": "It's a collaboration between art and music, the whole concept of the EP was written as an instrumental rock based on a painting by the artist Yossi Veissid. Each song represents a different part of the painting, starting with the song Overture which combines the main themes of each part and goes on to showcase four acts." It was first shown in a public exhibition, showing the art and listening to the music.

The work is comprised of 5 tracks (and 4 acts) for a little more than 13 minutes of music. Overture is a classic intro, very atmospherical and with spoken words before a reassuring guitar line, very melodic and some prog patterns at the end of it. The first act is "The Descent", with a classy piano line before some inspired guitar. The song becomes more intense toward the end (very good drumming as well), Oriental and melodic atmosphere for "Feral assistance" (Act II) while "Reconstruction" (Act III) is almost jazz in the second part (great piano and bass lines!). "The ascent", the last act of the EP, slows down with a melodic electric guitar in evidence.

"Laboratory" is a very interesting and original work, with lots of contaminations, entirely instrumental and amazingly written, performed and produced. Give it a go by clicking on the Spotify player below and remember to follow Alex Izraev on social media.

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Giovanni Gagliano

Passionate about music I wrote my first article for "Given To Rock" in 2012, reaching now 30K global followers. I am also a musician, gigging around London.

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