Cherie And Renno are a musical and romantic duo from Tel Aviv. Anyone even remotely in-the-know about indie music coming out of Israel would likely have some familiarity with the couple as they, Cherie (vocalist/keyboardist/food enthusiast Shiri Hadar) and Renno (vocalist/violist/songwriter Ran Shem Tov) were founding members of the well-known Israeli quartet Izabo.
During their reign, Izabo released three albums that inspired worldwide critical acclaim and performed at some of Europe’s biggest festivals (Sziget, Transmusicales, Paleo, Eurosonic and United Islands, to name a few) before disbanding in 2012.
Breaking off into their own creative and domestic faction, Cherie And Renno, who are also well known the world over as commercial composers, have spent the past few years, along with drummer Amir Bresler, honing a signature sound that can accurately be described as “noise pop,” largely finding its center in the timbre of Ran’s radically re-purposed electric viola.
According to the band, what began as the creation of a new instrument got a bit out of control: the viola became, during her several incarnations, an independent, opinionated and rude entity with life of her own. In fact, in a new video, the Viola is interviewed for the first time (to be honest, she’s quite drunk there) and tells about work alongside Ran and her life as a musical hybrid in a sea of conventional instruments.
The as-of-yet-untitled debut LP from Cherie And Renno will be out stateside in March 2018, but their latest video for album track “Cookie Stars” premiered with MAGNET.
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