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Vaadat Charigim

Vaadat Charigim

Goni Riskin

Levitation Chicago: Oneohtrix Point Never, Health, Gary Wilson, Vaadat Charigim, Eartheater 

When: Thu., March 10, 7:30 p.m. 2016
Price: $30
Like so many shoegaze bands that capture an ethereal sound by stacking amps upon stacks of amps, Vaadat Charigim use expansive, expressive guitars to bury doleful vocals—you strain to clearly make out words, which ultimately helps shape the mood. That Vaadat Charigim front man Yuval Haring sings in Hebrew further obscures the immediate intention of his lyrics, though that’s more a blessing than a curse for the Tel Aviv band. On last year’s Sinking as a Stone (Burger) Haring’s vulnerable, echoing voice emerges from forests of fuzz, transforming the harsher sounds of his mother tongue—like the language’s hard ch, which sounds like a sick person hocking up phlegm—into graceful, melodic intonations that resonate with empathy. Vaadat Charigim come from a divided land where inhabitants are born into a conflict that weighs on both their heads and hearts. The decades-long clashes between Israelis and Palestinians are too often told through the voices of leaders who fail to speak for every individual—and people who grapple with heavy human and moral quandaries are often morphed into caricatures of “good” and “bad.” But as much as Vaadat Charigim draw on the existential terror of growing up in Israel—it’s right there in the name of their first album, 2013’s The World Is Well Lost—they exude a sense that there’s light beyond the darkness. Not only does Haring help make the humid breeze of “Imperia” hypnotic, his vocals relay a sense of humanity otherwise unfelt in televised news clips of barking Israeli Defense Force leaders. I’ve dedicated my life to music because I believe in its power to communicate ideas better than any other medium. Vaadat Charigim reinforce that notion with music that speaks to their identity and makes it approachable—all of which is to say the band is life-affirming.
— Leor Galil

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