Lionel Ziblat, Songs from the Drawer

Born in Argentina, raised in Israel, Lionel Ziblat now lives in The Netherlands. His eclectic tastes and versatile compositions are befitting of such a heterogeneous background.

This background is also strongly musical. Ziblat’s father was an Argentine rocker; his mother, a classically-trained pianist. Both genres are found on his album, Songs from the Drawer.

There is a striking .difference between the subdued track 1, “How Far is Leiden,” and track 2, “The Ska is the Limit,” which evokes a carnival atmosphere with its contagious funk and instrumental exuberance.

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The third tune features a return to acoustic subtleties, and truly gentle beginnings are found on the ensuing song, “If I Were a Tree” – a piece that would lurk on the fringes of gloom, were it not for a presence of humor.

It is not surprising that Ziblat has composed for the theatre; “My Little Quality” is a suitable song for such a venue. Slow but unpredictable, this piano piece brings elements of the strange and haunting; similarities exist between this composition and part of the legendary “Moonlight Sonata” (both pieces possibly end on the same exact note). “My Little Quality” stirs up images of a foggy night’s excursion, where things might get eerie.

“Tomorrow” and “Black Hill” might be the most radio-friendly pieces. They also have the potential to appear on a popular film soundtrack, as both songs are eminently accessible while still retaining individual character. Likely the best track for vocals, “Tomorrow” also provides surprising solos: one via synthesizer, the other with guitar.

“Black Hill” has some lyrical verve: “Now my friends, I’m heading for the mountains. The hilltops showed me more than you can see…the highest peak, that’s where I want to be.”

Is this a literal mountain peak? Something chemically-induced? A spiritual high? Or perhaps a musical high? Open to conjecture. But there is a clear wish for something beyond the day’s routine: “Now I’m on the top, and more is calling.”

“Stel,” the twelfth and final track, is a bit peculiar. First reason: the piano can change directions on a dime. Second reason: the vocals are in a foreign tongue; though English-only listeners would be unable to comprehend a single lyric, one divines some hopeful skepticism with a touch of humor.

Father’s Rock and Mother’s Classical have found harmonious coexistence in Ziblat’s Songs from the Drawer.

By: Ray Cavanaugh –

  1 comment for “Lionel Ziblat, Songs from the Drawer

  1. Thomas Marx
    November 10, 2012 at 3:53 am

    I enjoyed being updated by such a fresh reminder from Hector’w son Lionel Ziblat how the tunes spread worldwide. Wish you all the best and keep in touch.
    Much love from your local friend Tommy with regards to our neighbor Marta

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