massaith, meaning 'truck' in hebrew, is the latest side-project of russian-israeli composer and sound engineer anatoly grinberg, writing and releasing music since 2004 under the names tokee, arg, paindonor, and bouquiniste.
massaith is grinberg's personal tribute to those years when he was doing his army service as a military truck driver. this experience showing up here blending electric bleeps and beats of machine sensors with howling ambient of a never-ending space of asphalt and hypnotic noise repetitiveness of heavy duty machinery slowly building cast iron frame for black and white illustrations to the stories about you and the machine in the middle of a deserted nowhere.
this is an exploration utilizing experimental electronics to convey the sounds held within the body and the sounds that engulf it. the exterior world and internal world colliding in music, a dark and as disturbing as it is.
these two parts dedicated to period from 2016 to 2019. finalized and released in 2020.
a lot has been changed in grinberg's life during these 4 years. on the one hand his daughter learned to walk, talk and communicate with the outside world. on the other, his mother was diagnosed with cancer stage four and after a long fight she passed away in late 2017. this record includes the sounds of several analog synthesisers, noise boxes, recordings from a trip to a funeral from russia to israel, recordings of walks with his daughter in parks and other places. traveling with his family to sochi, where they celebrated new year on the seashore. records from the frequent walks in one of the central parks in moscow, even a recording from horseback riding. forest, city, salutes, trams, subway/metro. a lot of emotions and feelings accumulated, which were expressed in the these two parts of the album.