Sometimes the weirdest ideas can actually lead to some pretty beautiful music. That’s certainly the case with Fool’s Gold, a massive L.A. collective (they seem to have anywhere from eight to twelve members, based on the photos I’ve seen) who play Afro-pop-inspired tunes with lots of loping percussion and call-and-response vocals. I know…hipsters playing Afro-pop…yawn, right? Wake me up when Vampire Weekend breaks up. But wait, here’s the kicker: lead singer Luke Top sings in Hebrew. No, that’s not even the kicker. The kicker is that it totally works. Close your eyes and you’d swear you’re hearing some lost Jewish tribe from Ethiopia, jamming it out in the wilderness with some homemade amps and a smoky generator while their camels stop at a desert oasis to refuel. Or something like that.
Anyway, here’s a stream of the band’s first single, “Surprise Hotel”, courtesy of the folks at Stereogum. Stay with it till the 1:30 mark when the Hebrew vocals kick in; that’s when things really start to get interesting.
(Update: Since we first wrote about Fool’s Good, they’ve shot a couple videos, including this really nifty and fairly bizarre one for “Surprise Hotel.” Enjoy.)