Gilad Hekselman Hits With ‘Far Star’


As Herbie Hancock recently said in his closing remarks for 2022 International Jazz Day held at the United Nations, he was a guest speaker at the Jazz Club of America in New York, just about everything as we know it prevents during the superbug years, except song. Songwriters become more resilient when they use their home production companies to best impact songwriters, discovering how best to layer it feels, and finding some modern manufacturing techniques. While there are countless examples of this across genres, there’s nothing better than this audio, Far Star, Gilad Hekelsman is an Israeli-born New York City-based entrepreneur, who videoed it in his Tel Aviv and NYC home filmmakers while playing many of the methods himself. It’s almost a misnomer that tangible solitude breeds such freedom to explore a place. Hekselman describes the mixtape bluntly “Far Star is about my ability to travel with my imagination to Far sonic galaxies, all from the insides of a room.”

While Hekselman is already a multi-instrumentalist DIY method, handling multiple guitars, key, keyboard, and marimba, he welcomes an or more collaborators to join him on each route he follows. Headmaster among them is percussionist Eric Harland who appears on five of the eight with percussion instruments Alon Benjamini, Amir Bresler, and Ziv Ravitz on one each. Kamal Maestro (key), Nathan Schram (Woodwind, Liza, backing vocals), Oren Hardy (bass), and Nomok (keys) each contribute to choose the pathways.

The beginning “Long Way from Home” commences with chirping, before the artist enters with glistening layers of guitarists and buttons to the constant exceeds of Harland, with the mandolin cutting penetrating but melodic lines through a groupthink of reverberating buttons for a very tri. Maestro, as percussionist and co-producer, social changes affects “Fast-moving Century” as Harland keeps it all bubbling as Hekselman options both operating numerous scales and pixellated styles. Yet, this part is a driving signal and builds in production effects towards the end, hesitating to compromise easily into the eldritch and so do the many of the others. “I Didn’t Know” is far more lightweight with Mideastern scales and spotlessly slick vocals as Harland’s cleans and evoking steps tie tenderly around the guitarist’s reports and choice chords for a springy influence.

The title track is one riff with some thread, as Schram was, Hardy, and Benjamini enlists Hekselman in this airy and savage role that lives up to its name. The reports are so much more prolonged here as if evaporating into The plane (or storage, if you wish) with the strings and the rhythmic, beginning with gentle and intricate support, before inflamed in so many stages to create the effect of moving to faraway realms. Hekselman and Harland accept the next pieces as a duo with the bass playing guitarists, buttons, largemouth largemouth, drumming, and audio. “Magic Chord” the album’s superstar route at eight and half minutes, movements along quickly motivated by Harland and strong, athletic vocals. In the first half, Hekselman earns off for each sequence with the repeated avoid of such a “magic chord” an unforgettable noise that never develops wearying while he skyrockets to soaring peaks with rock-like severity through the latter portion. “Cycles” yields to the much more tender, ambient corner that is the rim of such a layered venture, with crystal telecaster tones and enveloping keyboard that a cloudy mask through which the guitarist reports advancement as rays of light.

“The Headrocker” not surprisingly has the most demonstrable bassline as Nomok and Bresler controller and pizzicato help including both, each offering also as co-producers. The portion is essentially a sequence of plays that threatens to take off but instead just completes abruptly. The closing item, “Rebirth” presumably denotes the rise from the superbug with Hekselman portraying a godly tapestry with his guitars and keyboards as Ravitz provides delicate assistance with the kit.

This noteworthy music plays the plethora of piano-like rhythms to simple melodic and gentle reaches to bold, empathetic statements. Hekselman considers a rebalancing between the explorative and evocative. It’s a music that took hours and hours to make and that care and accuracy is evident in every part. It’s a sonic voyage that is worth numerous journeys because new discoveries come with each connection.