Acollective is a seven piece band from Tel Aviv, Israel. We’ll be back to this anecdote in a second.
Acollective was formed and led by two old friends, Roy Rieck (Vocals, Harmonica, Acoustic guitar) and Idan Rabinovici (Vocals, guitar, keyboards), two super talented musicians with the fine skills of writing clever songs, disguised as simple.
The songs that Rick and Rabinovici wrote and release, prior to Acollective, were deep and personal, carried interesting stories and perspectives. However, the songs remained accessible – the fun songs were fun, but the mellow songs didn’t crash the listener on the ground, but held grace, and grace a crucial element in Acollective music.
And then they gathered themselves a band, named it Acollective, and did the inevitable – packed up their stuff, and moved to London, to share a flat, all seven of them.
That was probably the smartest and dumbest decision they did. Aside from the actual moving to London, sharing the flat could have been devastating and break the band, but there was also a chance they’ll return home as a brave, strong group. This is not easy, having six other individuals in your leave-me-the-fuck-alone-mornings, but it turned out to be a smart decision after all, as they gained the most important aspect in any band’s life – the human Super-Glue.
So their music sounds exactly like that. 13 beautiful songs appear assembles their second new album, Onwards, that was produced by Christopher Shaw (who has also worked with Bob Dylan).
The songs has a continuous effect, an image, a wholistic story which you can definitely credit Shaw for, but I think that there’s a basic layer underneath that – that Super-Glue thing that I’ve mentioned.
The bands sits tight, everyone’s playing, but the production is airy and keeps it minimalistic where necessary, which is rather impressive when you think of a seven piece band, that everyone wants to be heard.
Same goes for their (now sold out) live show, so much happening onstage, and yet – there’s quietness in their show, some sort of an inner quietness, without egos at all, where everybody knows their place in the whole, and functions as an individual element in the bigger story.
A collective= is a group of entities that share or are motivated by at least one common issue or interest, or work together on a specific project(s) to achieve a common objective (Wikipedia).
Seven musicians who understands this simple concept, and that’s exactly what makes them such a brilliant band, and what makes Onwards such a beautiful album.