Album Review: "Bedroom Crimes" by Oren Lavie

Hey guys!

It's times like right now, in which we all need an escape sometimes.
There's no point in denying that the world is a crazy place and seems to get crazier everyday.

Music and animals are my personal go-to escapes.
And I'm pretty sure that a lot of you can relate to music being a fabulous way to forget, to cope, to remember.
Whenever I discover a song that calms me down, I immediately cherish it for having that super power.

As faith would have it, I have recently received an entire albums of songs that classify as "escape songs" - and I cannot wait to share it with you today.

Artist: Oren Lavie
Title: Bedroom Crimes
Genre: Alternative
Label: Sony Music
Release Date: 26th May 2017

Oren Lavie is a musician from Tel Aviv, Israel.

His music is inspired by literatur and classical composers which leads to very elegant sounds, labeling Oren's music as Alternative.
The musician started writing songs before he even learned how to play the piano, which is now his main musical companion.
You could consider his career a very organic process as one thing led to the other.

At the age of 22, Oren spent a lot of time in London where he studied theater, wrote and directed multiple plays and also write the music for them.
He also lived in New York, Berlin and Los Angeles.

Besides writing plays and music, he also published a children's book and wrote music for the film "Narnia: Prince Caspian".

And now he's here with a brand new album - "Bedroom Crimes". All songs were recorded on his own piano and the record was produced by Oren himself.

Please feel free to check out our review below.

ACT ONE - Did you really say no?
1) Did You Really Say No? (ft. Vanessa Paradis)
2) Breathing Fine
3) Second Hand Lovers
4) Look At Her Go
5) Sonata Sentimental #1 - You've Changed

ACT TWO - Well I thought you meant yes!
6) The Passion Song
7) Sonata Sentimental #2 - Bedroom Crimes
8) Something Real (Did You Feel It Too?)
9) Autopsy Report
10) Sonata Sentimental #3 - I Dream Of The Water Woman
11) Note To Self

Bonus Track: 12) Her Morning Elegance

Opener "Did You Really Say No?" features Vanessa Paradis.
The song was written as a duet between and woman and a man. Oren Lavie approached Vanessa Paradis with the idea of singing the song with him. She said yes and also featured in the video, which you can check out below.
It's a very atmospheric song which invites you to dream, to relax. 
The calm piano guides you through the song and stays with you, even when things get a little more intense.
Vanessa Paradis and Oren Lavie duet in a magical and mesmerizing way, giving you enough emotion to lose yourself in this dreamy piece of music.

Another track which stands out, is "Second Hand Lovers".
The elegant strings, the softly humming acoustic guitar and Oren's raspy but calm vocals, all create a beautiful scene. If one thing, this song makes you want to lay down and watch the clouds pass by.

"Note To Self" wins you over with stunningly reflective lyrics - words you should remind yourself of every now and again.
"Never say something you wouldn't like hearing, if you can't be nice- be polite", is one line of this charming song. It's proof Oren Lavie convinces on all fronts - musically, lyrically and artistically.

To sum it up: "Bedroom Crimes" might be the dreamiest, most beautiful record we have heard in 2017 so far. It's a collection of moments that are so magical, intimate and hypnoticing all at once. It's the perfect album for everyone who needs to escape for a while, to just breathe and to be reminded of the beauty we can find in music.

You should listen to these tracks: Did You Really Say No?, Second Hand Lovers, Note To Self

Check out the music video for "Did You Really Say No?" ft. Vanessa Paradis below:

Oren Lavie online: Website | Twitter | Facebook | Soundcloud | YouTube | Instagram

Thank you for your visit! 


Credits // Text: Vanessa Jertschewske | Image: via Sony Music Germany | *a physical copy of the album has kindly been provided* 


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