Jewish Music Blog

April 6, 2006

New Acapella Music

Filed under: Uncategorized — jewishmusic @ 1:54 pm

Sameach Music released another podcast, and includes new acapella clips from CD Eichler’s ‘Premium Blend’ AKA-Pella (14:28). I was involved in Eichler’s project, but for many reasons, we didn’t make it to production, and me as well as a couple of other vocalists had to leave. I’m glad to see he was able to pull it off.

The song is very well done. The intro to this song is Sweet Home Alabama (hope he gave credit!), and leads into Piamenta’s Yi’baneh. Guitar is replaced by vocals with heavy distortion. The effect is good, but the tone of the guitar sounds like a low-end keyboard guitar sound. Having said that, I think the creativity of the idea outweighs the minor tonal issue. There are also vocal drums and bass. The arpeggios at the beginning of the song sound like they sampled the vocals and made a keyboard patch out of it, and then played it. The background rhythmic vocals are drenched in effects, especially auto-tune. In contrast, the main vocals are clear and natural souding. I’m curious to see what he did for ballads, and look forward to hearing the rest of the album.

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Also included are clips from Eli Gerstner’s Chaseedish (sic) acapella (25:30). I have to comment on the spelling of Chaseeeeedish – what’s wrong with chasidish? The song, Eich Nashir, is an average ballad with average arrangements – there is nothing in the arrangements to make them memorable. This is typical Gerstner: just stick in basic harmonies and you’re good to go.



  1. I have a good friend in the band and you should be aware that ALL of the percussion sounds and compelling keys and guitars are done by human voice. NO instruments. This was done so it could be available for Sfirah listening.

    Comment by JH — April 28, 2006 @ 1:16 pm

  2. Wow.It sounds so real.
    They’re better than Kol Zimra who also uses vp.

    I watched a video by Wes Carrol and he does that beatboxing stuff too.But these guys are incredible.

    Comment by moishes — May 1, 2006 @ 2:44 am

  3. The drums are made by mouth but sampled, all the new acappela albums are doing it, no beatboxer sounds THAT good in real life! not even Wes Caroll or the guy from rockappela who is on the Kol Zimra album.They are incredible… but this is still an awesome CD, does anyone know if they do it live? I wanna see these guys in concert

    Comment by Aron — May 1, 2006 @ 4:11 am

  4. aron-

    The percussion sounds were done by John Clark, who is a non-Jewish arranger, so there’s no hope that this would available in concert.

    Also, the main genius behind the vocal percussion are the effects used and careful mixing, and it would be nearly impossible to duplicate those effects live.

    Comment by keyboardguy — May 1, 2006 @ 9:55 am

  5. oh

    so they dont sing the arrangements in concert?

    Comment by aron — May 2, 2006 @ 3:27 pm

  6. There are many unnecessary statements in the quick review of Chaseedish Acapella. Please explain how this assessment of Eli Gerstner’s album is not loshon horah?

    Comment by Anonymous — May 16, 2006 @ 12:02 pm

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