Galia is a true Midwestern girl -sans her values and domestic abilities. "I hear a way to a man's heart is his stomach. That's why I pretend to cook pies." Although Galia feels weird writing a bio in 3rd person, she’s heard that it looks more professional. Galia Arad is a New York City based singer/songwriter whose classical musician parents and classical voice training steered her directly into the arms of rock ‘n’ roll. She is from Bloomington, Indiana- where her heart really is, but hopes that someday she can say the same about New York city.
Galia Arad’s second album Ooh La Baby comes with a certain amount of heavyweight support. None other than Shane MacGowan provides some borderline-illegible sleevenotes, whilst legendary guitarist Marc Ribot opines that she is a “fucking good songwriter”. Produced by Tommy Faragher (of Dusty Springfield, Glee and Al Green fame), it offers a wonderful showcase of Arad’s silky smooth vocals and her emotive, sometimes playful, song-writing style.All in all a fine second album. Make sure you track it down.
Hailing from New York, this Indiana-native has an uncanny ability to mix heartfelt passion with deft comic touches, even if there are times when the album as a whole could do with an injection of pace. When it fires on all cylinders, however, the results can be brilliant, as the Macgowan duet Four Leaf Lover Boy proves. Opening with a purring central vocal and a despondent lyric (“caught in the rain… you missed your flight”), it’s a somehow inspired tale of someone’s bad day as Arad declares the man at the centre of it to be her ‘four leaf lover boy’.
Leave The Light On
Four Leaf Lover Boy with Shane MacGowan
Ooh La La