Saharan Rock Shines Boldy On The Burgler’s “Wish I Was Alive”

The Burgler is Ori Kastiel, an Israeli producer, focusing on the many sides of groove and psychedelia. A self-taught musician, Kastiel started playing while serving in the mandatory Israeli army, coming back every other weekend to make beats. Later on, Kastiel moved to the big city – Tel Aviv, got back to playing bass guitar, and developed his musicianship, forming an underground record label and the first band featuring his music – Fufu Banana. At the beginning of the pandemic, Kastiel returned to his hometown of Eilat and started performing as The Burgler.

“Wish I Was Alive” (below) is a hazy indie rock trip spiced with Saharan desert vibes,” admits Kastiel, and indeed he’s right. On this riveting track, an infectious groove is doubled by fuzzed-out electric guitars, while Kastiel’s psychedelic narrative blooms into a searing instrumental soundscape similar to that of Mdou Moctar and Tinariwen.

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