Buenos Aires-born Daniel Grinberg seems to be a veteran of music, even though his new album, Short Stories is a debut. A heady mix of folk, pop rock and blues, Grinberg’s songwriting technique also seems like that of a musician who has been practicing and releasing for many years. Indeed, upon moving to Tel Aviv with his family at age 13, Grinberg studied music in both secondary school and university, but it is not until this year he put a full album together. Using three different female vocalists to showcase his music, “Hey You” featuring Aveva Dese most obviously showcases Grinberg’s talent.
One of the bluesier tracks on Short Stories, the guitar work and Dese’s vocals on “Hey You” showcase a passion and joie de vivre which are slightly more muted in other tracks. Dese’s voice seems to lend itself well to the sort of honky tonk blues/rock crossover style. The opening seems very controlled, however, before the song explodes with the true breadth of both Dese’s vocals and Grinberg’s guitar. After that, though the lyrics are poignant and sensitive, it’s all about this duo of guitar and vocals, with a punch of organ for good measure. The track builds consistently to a goosebump-raising crescendo where the register changes and the true passion of the song bursts forth.
Though not necessarily representative of Grinberg’s style on Short Stories, “Hey You” is s strong contender for one of the best songs on the album and certainly showcases Grinberg’s songwriting talent and potential. Short Stories is available to stream in its entirety on Grinberg’s Soundcloud page or on Bandcamp, where it is also available to purchase.
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Written by Layla Marino