Last night I was on the news surf with a bit of background folk music playing.  I was just about to call it a night when I met Jane Bordeaux.Jane-Bordeaux-debut
Jenny Singer at the Forward says “It’s impossible not to fall in love with Jane Bordeaux”.
As a fan of American country and folk music, I couldn’t agree more.

Formed in 2012, the Tel Aviv-based group blends Hebrew lyrics with American style folk and country music.

The Israeli band has become a wild success in their home country with their song “Eich Efshar” (“How is it possible..not to fall in love”) landing the most-played spot on Israel’s most popular radio stations last year. The gorgeous claymation music video for their song “Ma’agalim” (Circles) has been shared 1.6 million times. And next month, they plan to make their break in America.

The trio — Doron Talmon, Amir Zeevi, and Mati Gilad — call their band’s unique vibe “acoustic folk-country style music in Hebrew.” It’s an addictive sound, even to a Hebrew novice—alternatively adorable, joyful, and poignant. Between the three of them they play guitar, ukulele, double bass, and percussion, with Talmon on lead vocals.

In advance of their first New York City concert, at Rockwood Music Club in New York on May 5th, the trio has been teasing songs from their sophomore album. Their stirring new single, “Rotza Livkot” (I Want to Cry) dropped on Youtube yesterday.

 “Ma’agalim” (Circles) is a lovely song with a brilliant video.

Official music video for Jane Bordeaux’s ‘Ma’agalim’.
In a forgotten old penny arcade, a wooden doll is stuck in place and time.

Music – Jane Bordeaux Band
Producers: Uri Lotan & Yoav Shtibelman
Director: Uri Lotan
Co-Director: Yoav Shtibelman
Art Director: Ovadia Benishu

Above:    “איך אפשר שלא”  A soft melody composition.  Though almost all of Jane Bordeaux’s compositions are exclusively acoustic, this one departs electrically, beautifully, with a steel guitar background.  There is also a karaoke version available (so even haredim who are not permitted to hear a woman sing can enjoy – oy).

Below: “Whiskey” a live performance from the band’s self-titled debut album release.  One of the band’s – Live n’ kickin’ – American folk-country style songs, sung in Hebrew.

I’m not a Hebrew speaker, but my experience with Chabad enabled me to to pick out the word “whiskey.”

Jane Bordeaux’s songs are mostly sung in Hebrew.  However, they have a nice collection of material for less fluent Hebrew speakers.

The band will be giving their first concert in New York City, at Rockwood Music Hall in New York on May 5th

And they’ll be in Los Angeles soon too (okay, no plans yet exactly, but at least we can hope they will be)!

For more information on Jane Bordeaux visit the the band’s website or their Facebook page.