Single and video review by Mike O’Cull. www.mikeocull.com
Freaky Little is the musical project of one Haviv Rosilio, a visual artist and filmographer from Israel. Best known for his work on the hit Netflix show Fauda, Rosilio also has a background in music that dates to the early 90s when he was a drummer in Tel Aviv’s death metal scene. His latest release is the single “Manifesto,” which is the main piece of music from the short horror/fantasy film Transmuted Rosilio made that’s currently on the horror film fest circuit. The song and its accompanying music video display his growth into an electronic artist who, despite his metal beginnings, has learned to shift gears and do high-level work in a completely different genre.
“Manifesto” is funky, unsettling, and impossible to pull away from. It’s beat is deep in the pocket and features a powerful, minimalist bass part that hits below the belt. Ironic, interpretive synth horns give the track a slick, cyber-Vegas future lounge feel while the main vocal chants the title until the word becomes a purely phonetic sound of its own. The combination of all this adds up to mid-tempo magic that will make any dancefloor begin to grind.
The music video for “Manifesto” is darkly abstract and artistic. It shows us various masked post-apocalyptic party-goers and musicians dancing and performing in ever-shifting distressed locations and adds a surreal, psychedelic element to an already-quirky track. “Manifesto” is a hit waiting to happen and its underground, non-mainstream coolness is precisely what will get it playing in a million sets of headphones. Go looking for this one. It’s not to be missed.
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