Legendary Israeli folk rocker Ehud Banai has released a new music video for his song “Angel“, which also features British jazz/folk veteran Michael Chapman. The track is the lead single from Banai and Chapman’s new joint album EB=MC², which just released yesterday. You can find streaming links for the album here.
“Angel” makes a compelling case for the two artists uniting. Chapman is the obvious standout, delivering the song’s beautifully spiritual lyrics in a world-weary rasp that sounds like a cross between Tom Waits and the late great Leonard Cohen. (Really, the whole song sounds like it could be a lost track from Cohen’s final album.) Banai, meanwhile, provides a Hebrew verse and Mizrahi-style vocalizing that make a hauntingly perfect counterpoint to the song’s dark country feel, like Jo Amar guesting on a Johnny Cash song.
PERL, the new project of Bulletproof Stockings co-founder Perl Wolfe, has released a new song entitled “Say It Again” via live acoustic clip. The audio was recorded by Tyler Rice at Transient Sound Recording Studio in Chicago.
Showing the strength of her voice and songwriting, Wolfe here gives a mesmerizing performance with only a piano and a programmed kick drum for support. The song’s haunting minor-key melody is just dripping with ’90s alt-pop goodness, while the lyrics about the dangerous power of words (with lines like “Check your facts / Only the truth lasts“) feel especially relevant in the current political landscape.
PERL will be performing at The Camping Trip this Sunday and are currently working on a debut album.
Neo-bluegrass act Nefesh Mountain have released an open-air acoustic video for their new single “Bound for the Promised Land“. The footage was filmed in Hudson Valley, NY by Jeremy Hansen.
Founded by husband and wife duo Eric Lindberg and Doni Zasloff, Nefesh Mountain released a self-titled debut last year and are already preparing a sophomore record – Beneath the Open Sky, from which “Bound” is taken – for release this fall. The new album is set to feature prominent bluegrass musicians like Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Tony Trischka, and David Grier, in addition to regular band members Alan Grubner and Tim Kiah.
NY-based folksinger Oneg Shemesh has released a new lyric video for his song “Can’t Stop Loving You“. Set over drone footage of Big Island, Hawaii, the song, a funk/soul track about a struggling relationship, comes from the singer’s most recent album, 2015’s Shine Forward.
Raised in Mevo Modi’im, Israel, Oneg Shemesh was a neighbor and founding member of Moshav Band, and has also shared the stage with the likes of Soulfarm and Matisyahu.
Hasidic hardcore heroes Moshiach Oi! are gearing up to release their long-awaited third album, Rock Rabeinu, this August. You can hear snippet from the album below. You can also read more about their live shows from Michael Croland here.