Music in a Matchbox

Israeli-born singer and songwriter Kama Vardi does away with all conventions, including the way she has packaged her first solo album.

Singer and songwriter Kama Vardi moves around a lot. When she was 14 she left her parents' home in a community in the Galilee and set out on a musical journey that lasted about four years. Vardi, who is now 23, writes in English and plays classical and acoustic guitar, banjo, ukulele and harmonica. It is easy to label music she makes as freak-folk, alongside other musicians identified with that genre such as...