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ARTIST
TITLE
Birthday
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
OCD 012CD OCD 012CD
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RELEASE DATE
11/24/2009

This is the debut album by Israeli opera/pop vocalist, Mai Lev. Lev has been singing, playing and composing music since early childhood, and grew up listening mainly to Debussy, Ravel, Björk, The Beatles, Bach, Philip Glass, Nirvana, Kate Bush, Depeche Mode and Pink Floyd. By the time she was 14, she was leading a punk band, performing her music in clubs all over the Galilee. Later, she turned to performing classical music, and making electronic music with The Sweep. Their album Voicemail came out in 2006 on Hataklit Records in Israel. For Birthday, she focuses on the musical roots of her childhood -- classical music with rock, pop and electronic flavors. Mai Lev wrote and composed all the songs while Nir Maimon produced and arranged the album. Van Dyke Parks, well-known for his arrangements for the Beach Boys, The Byrds, Loudon Wainwright III and Joanna Newsom, became a fan. Theatrical, slanted orchestral pop/opera arias.