Tetish, the brainchild of Etan Salomon and Itai Shirtit, are set to release their debut self-titled album, out 22nd July via Solarie Records.
The duo have been active members of the local Tel-Aviv indie music scene for a number years now, both having released material while working on different projects, but it wasn’t until after the long-time friends started to play around with a few ideas towards the end of 2014 that they discovered they were able to take each other’s music to the next level. This is highlighted perfectly on the album track ‘Glow’, a song the band are giving away for free to celebrate the announcement of the forthcoming album release. Download the track from the Tetish Soundcloud page.
18 months on and the pair have achieved a dynamic sound perfectly encapsulated on their debut album, with a medley of influences from pop and rock all the way through to classical and middle eastern music, giving Tetish a deep, rich, complex and ultimately unique sound. Openers Luck and the aforementioned ‘Glow’ draw comparison with classic artists such as Laura Mvula as well as contemporary musicians like Jessie Ware, whereas Shipwreck explores the band’s pop/rock leanings and is a nod to influences ranging from The Cardigans to Bat For Lashes. Salomon explains “the album is about the longing for self-fulfilment, about the struggle between reality and our hopes, dreams and ideals, in life, in art and in relationships.”
Both Salomon (vocals/keyboards) and Shirtit (keyboards/vocals) are classically trained musicians which becomes apparent on the record as they showcase their skills through the quality of their musicianship and arrangements. Their sound is further enhanced by Nir Shlomo (guitars/vocals), Noam Shacham (bass/vocals) and Daniel Azta (drums/vocals) who joined from Shirtit’s previous band Kalbey Ruach and are noted for their session work with bands such as Eatlitz, Brain Candies and Lola Marsh respectively.
Tetish are intensely determined to expose the world to their sound as they attempt to reach and relate to as many people as they possibly can. It’s been a great start for the band as their demos were picked up by some of the biggest local radio stations as well as being picked up for CMW in Toronto, CMJ in New York and this summer’s WOMAD Festival here in the UK. While in the UK, they are planning to play a number of dates with details due to be announced in early summer 2016.
Tetish’s self-titled album is out via Solarie Records on 22nd July 2016.