Tel Aviv’s sound: an espresso with Time Grove

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August 20, 2019

More Than One Thing


More Than One Thing is the new album by the Tel Aviv band Time Grove that, mixing synthesizers, piano, trumpet, percussion, reeds, guitar and samples, gives life to an intriguing and modern sound.

> Ivano Rossato

How was the Time Grove project born?

Yuvi and I wanted to produce a record that would sound like a combination we never heard before. In other words, presenting the Crème de la Crème of Tel Aviv’s contemporary music scene, all in one. We all met in different musical scenarios through the years but never in this particular context. Sefi, Eyal, Roy, Sol Monk, BEMET (Hod) and I recorded with Yuvi for Time Grove Selection series, then for two of the tracks we called Amir Bresler and Yonatan Albalak who are also part of the same crew and who appear as guests on the Time Grove Selections records. The sounds that came out made us ask ourselves ‘What are our influences?’ since it didn’t sound like any one thing or anything we know. Instead, it’s more of a cool mishmash of unique folky melodies. Plus, the vast knowledge of everyone with electronics and analog instruments helped a lot to keep the similar soundscapes we created before.

It didn’t sound like any one thing or anything we know. Instead, it’s more of a cool mishmash of unique folky melodies.

What creative process led to the composition of the songs contained in More Than One Thing?
This recording was made with a bunch of friends when a few of them were called in to the studio on the same day. So, we wrote most of the music in the studio all together. There’s nothing like writing music with the people in the room where you’re recording. Someone comes up with a short line, then someone continues while someone else is finding the chords that will go along; and right before playing a take we decide on the form of the song. There is even one track, ‘Talik’, that’s improvised so the listeners can get the most transparent picture of the vibe in the studio.
From what artistic references did your particular sound come from?
We all listen to different things. I grew up listening to a lot of ‘60s-’70s Jazz. Some of us dug a lot of the African 70s High-Life music (Ghana, Senegal, etc), Also Soul and Ethio Jazz, and a lot of Hip Hop and beat makers as well. That’s why we all feel like we can learn. Everyone has his own world of influences to share.
Does the title of the album More Than One Thing represent a precise  message for those who listen to your music? 
In a world full of the need of definitions and categorizing, More Than One Thing is a statement that’s easy to understand. It encourages you to learn more in order to not diminish whatever the experience is (personality, music, nature) with words.
What future plans do you have for Time Grove?
Since the recording was made, the project formed into a solid four-piece band that includes Rejoicer (Yuvi), Nitai Hershkovits, Jonathan Albalak, and Amir Bresler. We’re releasing our second album under a different name on a big label around the Spring of 2020 (we can’t say too much yet), so it’s really going to be the first one for this particular band and we can’t be more excited.

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