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HOT FUR

RIO/Avant-Prog • Israel


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Hot Fur is an Israeli prog band influenced and in the vein of John Zorn's jazzy tunes, Steve Reich's compositions, and Frank Zappa's madness.
In 1998 Hot Fur was founded by Lior Frenkel (a composer and guitarist) and his mates from the Israeli Music School - Rimon. His partners at that time were Ben Hendler on electric bass, Nadav Bachar on electric guitar, Shaul Eshet on keyboards, Erez Koskas on drums, Oran Ben Avi on saxophones, Lior Ron on trumpet, Yael Kraus who was the vocalist and Noa Frenkel who performed as an alto singer (Lior sister). This lineup went on to record the self titled album which was based on entirely on Lior's compositions. From this moment on the band accumulated positive and enthusiastic reviews on their album and live shows. However, this did not help them on their search for a record label. They were denied from several labels but did not despair.
Their second self-produced album from 2000, Street Music is more upbeat, and had some free jazz elements to it. This album too was entirely composed by Frenkel. This album had Ofer Peled on tenor Sax and Gali Nechama on soprano Sax in addition to the other members. With this album too they did not succeed in getting signed to a label.
In 2004 the Israeli label Mio agreed to release Hot Fur's debut album. The Mio management approached Musea Records and got them to agree to take Hot Fur under their custody and to release their album. On June 1st 2005, their first self titled album was released by Musea in a new remixed and remastered edition.
Hot Fur are known for their theatrical, insane and bizarre shows that incorporate many outfits, regular characters and a show alongside the playing of the music.

==Assaf Vestin (avestin)==



Why this artist must be listed in www.progarchives.com :
Approved by the RIO/Avant rock team.
This band plays a mixture of rock, jazz, minimalism and avantgarde music.




Discography:
Hot Fur, self produced - 1998, re-released on Musea Records - 2005
Street Music, self produced 2000

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2.63 | 6 ratings
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1998
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2003

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 Hot Fur by HOT FUR album cover Studio Album, 1998
2.63 | 6 ratings

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Review by ShW1

2 stars Honestly, there is a sense of missing out while listening to this album. Lior Frenkel, leader of Hot Fur deserves a lot more. A talented artist, great melodist, and a worth guitarist and composer, who knows how to capture a sort of 'Israeli spirit' in his music, and to deliver it with a lot of grace, while touching some goodies as jazz, progressive, and folk 'desert' music. So what's the problem? Well, this album is in fact a sketches album and not a completed product. No Israeli label was ready to take this band, invest money on them in order to make a better product and publish it - shame on them. The honored French label Musea took these sketches at last and published the CD. The main problems are in sound and production. Personally I call this sound 'cheap digital'; no feel of acoustic room, and no good balance. But they could achieve a lot more. There are very good instrumentalists here, excellent wind instruments, very well drums, good vocalist (Yael Kraus) and Lior himself. I'm quite sure that they sound better on stage.

Highlights are: 'Moon', great song with a very moving melody and a good construction. A little more care at the production level could turn it to be an Israeli classic IMO. 'Adventure in Space' got a nice groove with jazzy melody; 'Johnny Baby's Nightmare' is a scary minimalism, and 'Heretz' (country of [&*!#] ?) is 11 minutes track with spoken text, ironic and satirical. Probably this is an allegory about a country that sends it's sons to the army and after that eats them. Near the end of the song comes an ancient melody, beautifully sung by Noa Frenkel, Lior's sister, which gained her own reputation as a dominant classical singer.

The other tracks are not as good as those three, but even in the lower quality tracks one can hear the strictness on composition and execution qualities. I think it's more that the lower quality tracks are too whimsical or 'nonsense' for me. (And I would dare to say, not just for me).

So to summarize it, personally I enjoy the album's better moments, survive the less good moments, and get annoyed from the sound and production. Under this situation I cannot recommend it for a wide audience. So the rating for PA is 2 stars, and I really would like to get a better product from this band.

Recommended for Hot Fur fans, and collectors of Israeli progressive or artistic music.

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Review by uribreitman

3 stars Nice debut by Israeli band, led by Lior Frenkel and a group of talented, young musicians. The style is ZAPPA-oriented, with a touch of 80's KING CRIMSON thrown in for good measure. You have to know Hebrew to fully grasp the album's concept, but the melodies and arrangements are good anyhow.

I would recommend this album to Israeli prog-heads with a good sense of humor, and with a certain degree to tolerance towards Jazz-Rock in general. The album takes several spins in order to "get" the attitude, and some of the lyrics are not that mature, but it's enjoyable music with great double-guitar work and interesting harmonies.

Why only three stars? 1) I know they can do better than that 2) People who don't speak Hebrew will find the lyrics impossible to comprehend 3) There's a lot of amazing music out there 4) The fact that I live in Israel (Tel-Aviv) doesn't mean I don't know to take things into proportions...

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