Akiva | If I Didn't Work Nights/The Daylight

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If I Didn't Work Nights/The Daylight

by Akiva

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Genre: Pop: Today's Top 40
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1. I Keep Calling You
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2. Heart In A Bind
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3. Junk In the Trunk
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4. Mississippi
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5. Lost In You
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6. Figment On the Fringe
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7. If I Didn't Work Nights
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8. Allison
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9. Cigarette
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10. Distant Love
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11. Headlights Out
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12. Lips On the Microphone
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13. You Never Know
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14. Take Some Time
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


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Akiva's music career began during his college years, playing Counting Crows covers for fellow UMASS classmates. As a neurobiology major, he pushed any ideas of a serious music career out of his head as he pursued his original dream of becoming a brain surgeon. But while studying abroad, Akiva found himself spending more time playing gigs in English Pubs and popping up on local radio than dissecting gray matter.

Eventually settling back in New York after college, he hit the music scene with endless enthusiasm, releasing his critically acclaimed debut album Bueno Y Sano, followed by his sophomore effort, The Hermosa EP. Now with the release of his 14 track double disc set If I Didn’t Work Nights/The Daylight, Akiva continues to expand his musical horizons and create his signature mix of catchy pop, surf and soul sounds. “I think that many of these new songs have a maturity to them without abandoning the sense of fun and optimism that I’ve always embedded into my music,” says Akiva.

Recorded in Huntington, NY with producer Philip A. Jimenez (Wheatus, Easy Anthems, Beat Radio, The Diggs), If I Didn’t Work Nights/The Daylight was initially released as a series of six singles available exclusively through Myspace.com. The first single, “I Keep Calling You,” has already been picked up by radio stations like 101.9 RXP The NY Rock Experience and Long Island’s 94.3 WMJC. Says Rich Russo, host of “Anything Anything” on 101.9, "I Keep Calling You” by Akiva is one of the catchiest tunes to cross my stereo in the last few years, and one of the highest positive reactions to an unsigned artist I've gotten from my radio show."

Now, nearly two years after the first single was released, If I Didn’t Work Nights/The Daylight will see the light of day as a double disc set on November 3rd, 2009. “There are themes and threads that weave throughout each song, but they were not originally designed to be taken as a whole,” said Akiva. “The idea was that each song should stand alone. The challenge with making the full record was to figure out how to make it cohesive.”

As Performing Songwriter said: "It may be difficult to define Akiva's music, but no matter what you call it, we promise you're going to dig it.”

Akiva has performed at such legendary venues as The Bitter End and The Knitting Factory in New York, The Mint in Los Angles and the Georgia Theatre in Athens. He has become a sought after opener for acts like RUSTED ROOT, JOSH KELLEY, INGRAM HILL, TOBY LIGHTMAN, and RON SEXSMITH and he recently performed live in-studio at 101.9 RXP The NY Rock Experience in support of If I Didn’t Work Nights/The Daylight.


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Sinem Saniye

Fab!
Love it !!!! BRava!!! You know the album is good because you want to listen to it again as soon as its finished! I wish there were more songs on the second disc. The double disc album definitely leaves you wanting more!

Reshma Patel

buy this CD
Akiva rocks!

Review from Wildy's World Music Blog

If I Didn't Work Nights/The Daylight
New York City-based singer/songwriter Akiva never planned on a career in music. The aspiring brain surgeon was studying abroad in the UK when he found himself playing out regularly in pubs. The bug had bitten and Akiva's life would never be the same. Back in the states, Akiva has released two critically acclaimed projects, Bueno Y Sano and The Hermosa EP. Along the way, Akiva has released a series of singles on MySpace as stand-alone songs, but a deeper current was running through the tunes than even he was at first aware. This synchronicity came together in the studio under the guiding hand of Producer Philip A Jimenez (Wheatus, The Diggs, Beat Radio), and the end result is a double album entitled If I Didn't Work Nights/The Daylight, due out November 3, 2009 on Akivasound Music.

Disc one, If I Didn't Work Nights, opens with the irrepressibly catchy I Keep Calling You. Akiva captures a comfortable sound that's part early Rock ballad and part 1970's AM pop. If this song doesn't find its way to the radio dial it's more a comment on the state of radio than on the song. Akiva goes for a suburban soul feel on Heart In A Bind, a song about fumbling your way through the maze of love. Junk In The Trunk is worth a chuckle, but also happens to be as deliciously infectious as I Keep Calling You. This is the sort of tune that will have concert crowds on their feet and singing along. It's also a reminder that today's "ugly duckling" might be tomorrow's insane crush.

Mississippi draws some delta jazz into the folk/rock arena on yet another tune that will have you tapping your toes. Akiva seems to be very much focused on love this time around, but thoroughly avoids any sort of cliché or stereotypical lyrical sense. Lost In You is the sort of song that should be filling up teenage mix-tapes coast-to-coast. There are several songs here likely to be licensed if they come to the right attention, and Lost In You might just be the biggest of them all. If I Didn't Work Nights is about all the aspects of life that get in the way of love sometimes, and a confidence that the things that are meant to work will no matter what life puts in the way. It's a sweet and hopeful song that's going to strike a lot of chords, particularly in the lovelorn and longing. The arrangement is first class and the song will get stuck in your brain. Cigarette is a glimpse of the raw attraction that's generally fueled by spirits and often thought better of the in the morning

Disc Two, The Daylight is a 4-song EP that opens with Headlights Out, a song about being lost in a lost situation. The narrator here is trying to get himself back on his feet, but part of that process is getting out of the relationship he's in and he's found it very difficult to do. Lips On The Microphone is an odd but catchy tune that I'll leave to readers to decipher. You'll definitely be moving to this one even if doesn't end up making a lot of sense to you. The last two tracks on the EP are decent but certainly not up to the level of the material on If I Didn't Work Nights.

Akiva does very well for himself with If I Didn't Work Nights, while The Daylight ends up having a somewhat superfluous feel to it. This is one of those cases where the extra songs are decent enough but sound like castoffs compared to the main album. Akiva flirts with five stars throughout If I Didn't Work Nights; his best work yet.

Rating: 4.5 Stars (Out of 5)

Erin

Amazing Voice, Versatile style! Excellent!!
Akiva is back! This double disc set is a fantastic body of work. You won't be able to get "I Keep Calling You" or "Junk in the Trunk" out of your head! There's no doubt that Akiva has an amazing voice and a versatile style. Excellent!!