Farthest South – Neurim

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Release Date: February 4, 2014
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Improvised music that we played when Author Ron Dahan read his book about the experiences of war and LSD trips. The music sounds the same.


At the core of what it means to be Israeli lies the constant awareness of War, alongside the natural instinct to escape it. On the one hand this collective duality demands of us to assemble towards the common effort (even when the rationale behind such an endeavor is questionable) and on the other hand, in the aftermath of battle, often entails physical and mental detachment for purposes of personal cleansing and purification.

In his book “Neurim” (Hebrew for “Youth”), author Ron Dahan weaves a poetic tale of his experiences as a reserve soldier in the Second Lebanon War together with a recount of LSD drenched years spent traveling the Far East and Europe.

Through spontaneous improvisation, Farthest South strive to create dogma-free, unduplicable musical constructs as a means of exploring the individual and collective sub-conscious of its members.

In November 2013 Dahan and Farthest South joined forces for a recording session in which Dahan read “Neurim” in full while the band improvised a live soundtrack to his reading, giving birth to a new, synergetic artistic entity of words and music which feed off of and amplify each other. The resulting album provides the listener with a highly intense, disturbing and often spiritual experience.

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Album Review

"Farthest South charges this profound emotional trip with a chaotic, psychedelic soundtrack, close in its spirit to the end-of-the-sixties era of Pink Floyd (a musical reference in one of Dahan's poems). Disturbing in its threatening industrial sounds, but the trio also knows to embrace Dahan in his fragile, painful moments with gentle, compassionate sounds. Bassist Yair Yona introduces to the mix arrogant voice samples of Israeli politicians, promising to crush the enemy forces, reflecting how these sound samples are now even more hollow and ignorant than on its actual times.

Neurim is a rare document in the Israeli music scene that often opts to repress the daily consequences of war awareness and occupation of other people. Dahan and Farthest South create an inspiring synergy of vocal stories and musical soundscapes that feed off of intensify and amplify each other." (All About Jazz)
- Eyal Hareuveni