Album: Yoni Mayraz – Dybbuk Tse!

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If you have some time, listen to Dybbuk Tse!, Yoni Mayraz’s debut LP released via Astigmatic Records. If you don’t have time, make some. Dybbuk Tse! is equal parts relatable and fantastical. It tells the story of a spirit possessing a human body, and it marries genres to tell the story from both a realistic point of view and a metaphorical one.

The LP starts with a very eerie and freeform tone, almost as if the listener is entering a dream state. It seamlessly transitions from track to track, each song responsible for a different step in the possession – someone unsuspecting living their life, the spirit entering the body, and the chaos that ensues during the possession. The steps are shown by way of both smooth instrumentals and dizzying synths.

Dybbuk Tse! isn’t just about the possession, though. It also tells of the exorcism and the freedom that’s felt when your body is yours again. The album switches tones on a dime, which is heard in the transitions from tracks like β€œAs We Entered Jericho,” a smooth song with a beautiful flute melody, and β€œInternational Plots,” which shows off major saxophone skills and has an unsettling sense about it. Some might say it’s indicative of the anxiety that comes with freedom when it wasn’t previously had.

Mayraz’s work ends with a sobering final track that leaves the listener a free soul. With the help of some talented musicians, the keyboardist and producer takes us through a truly harrowing event that only music can save a person from, all while reminding us that although freedom comes with responsibility, it’s better than the alternative.

Acacia Deadrick

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