THE Angelcy (IL)
The Angelcy (which they prefer spelling “theAngelcy”), was first a song cycle, a lyrical and musical universe by the then homeless and completely unknown singer-songwriter Rotem Bar Or.
The songs were influenced by early blues, hippie music (songs you can hear in hippie gatherings, around the fire), roots reggae and roots music from other places in the world, coupled with some esoteric, relatively unknown musicians and writers (“Me We a New Religion” and “Sons of Noel and Adrian” among others). Strong emphasis is put on lyrics, exploring great universal fears and hopes via very personal statements.
During 2011, a group of musicians gathered around Bar Or, to set up the band known as theAngelcy. The band consists of six members (two of them left and were replaced during the past six intensive years) playing the Viola, Clarinet, Drums (two drummers on one drumkit, unconventionally playing standing up) and Double bass, to Accompany Bar Or’s guitar. All band members sing, and are all multi instrumentalists. The band arranges all the songs together, and are very much into investigating group work.
The band developed their own unique sound, using their classical instruments in new compositions and new forms, using a lot of vocals and percussion to complement the deep, sometimes sorrowful songs with lively energy. The atmosphere on stage in between songs is usually very casual, sometimes funny and sometimes awkward, as the text between songs is always adlibed. Half of the band members are male.
Even before releasing their debut album, “Exit Inside”, theAngelcy have garnered great reviews and immediately gathered a real following. A demo version of one of their songs (“Dreamer”) made it’s way into Israel’s most popular and influential radio playlist, and became a local hit, long before the band ever considered management, PR, etc.