Asaf Avidan’s Gold Shadow Premieres as an NPR First Listen

Asaf Avidan’s Gold Shadow Premieres as an NPR First Listen

New Album Gold Shadow to be Released February
Nationwide Tour to Follow
Having toured all over the globe, Israeli singer-songwriter and musician Asaf Avidan has built up a devoted following as well as a reputation for a legendary live show.

His sophomore full-length album is entitled Gold Shadow and is slated for a worldwide release on February 3. The album is currently featured as an NPR First Listen with Bob Boilen who says of it “On his first official release in North America, Avidan has written a batch of killer songs that make use of one of the most compelling and unusual voices I’ve ever heard.” Be sure to listen to Gold Shadow.

The first single is “Over My Head” which was written during a sleepless night in Paris and premiered on All Songs Considered. Asaf explains that it was inspired by the relationship he has with his life partner. “It was the night when I put my old demons to sleep, and decided to choose life. ‘Till this day I’m amazed that she had the patience for my stupidity, and this is my way to say thank you … thank you for leaving the door open.”

The second single from his forthcoming album is “The Jail That Sets You Free” which premiered on Entertainment Weekly. EW described the track by saying it “boasts a clever combination of bluesy garage rock, poppy New Wave synths, and a chorus that’s infectious enough to cause an epidemic.”

Avidan was born in Jerusalem, Israel in 1980 to diplomat parents who both worked for Israel’s Foreign Office. He spent four years of his childhood in Jamaica followed by a stint of mandatory army service in Israel before studying animation at Jerusalem’s Academy of Arts and Design.

First entering the music industry through his group Asaf Avidan & The Mojos, he proved himself to be an incredibly adept front man, destined for the largest stages. The band’s recordings achieved platinum status across Europe as well as topping Best of the Year lists in various countries. As a solo artist he has proved himself to be just as capable a performer and writer.

Thanks to the breakout success of his track “One Day / Reckoning Song” he has been able to propel his solo career to new heights. The single hit number one in fourteen countries as a remix by a Berlin DJ called DJ Wankelmut. The DJ took the delicate acoustic lament and dressed it up for the dance floor with synthetic beats and voice distortion. So far it’s ranked up nearly 145 million views on YouTube.

In 2012 Asaf released his debut solo album entitled Different Pulses. Gaining huge amounts of acclaim overseas, but never being officially released in the United States, he toured constantly throughout the next few years. Having performed in some of the biggest venues worldwide, Asaf took a break and penned his newest release.

Gold Shadow will be released on February 3 and Asaf will be embarking on a nationwide tour in the beginning of that month. Check out the tour dates below.

Tour Dates
2/1/15 in Washington, DC at the 930 Club
2/2/15 in Philadelphia, PA at Union Transfer
2/4/15 in New York, NY at Irving Plaza
2/5/15 in Boston, MA at the Paradise Rock Club
2/7/15 in Montreal, Canada at Metropolis
2/9/15 in Toronto, Canada at The Opera House
2/11/15 in Chicago, IL at Thalia Hall
2/13/15 in Seattle, WA at The Crocodile
2/15/15 in Vancouver, Canada at 15th The Imperial
2/18/15 in San Francisco, CA at Bimbo’s 365 Club
2/19/15 in San Francisco, CA at Bimbo’s 365 Club
2/22/15 in Los Angeles, CA at the Mayan Theatre

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