Israeli artist Yuval Sela released his sophomore album Emunatcha Baleilot (Your Faithfulness At Night) last month. You can check out the title track, featuring Shachar Ariel, and the album on Spotify below.
Building on his debut, 2011’s folk-centric Yomim Tovim (Good Days), the new album sees Sela’s sound develop into a haunting blend of blues, country, and Middle Eastern. Over twanging guitars and shuffling drums, Sela rumbles out melancholic lyrics in a gravelly bass to rival the late Johnny Cash. The result is rich, deep, and sticks to the bones of the soul.
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DJ duo Dreams In Static (comprised of Erez “Diwon” Safar and Levi “Dugans” Martinez) have just released their sophomore album Part of the Machine through Diwon’s Bancs Media label. The album features vocals from Brooklyn-based soul singer Akie Bermiss, as well as LA-based gospel singer Ashley Rachelle and her Baptist church choir. You can check out the video for the title track and the full album on Bandcamp below.
Dreams in Static originated as a side project for Safar, who is also the founder of Jewish hip hop label Shemspeed. They released their debut album, Serene Poetic, in 2012.
Indie folk duo Husky, from Melbourne, Australia, are currently touring nationally in support of their latest album, Punchbuzz, which released on June 2. You can hear it on Spotify below or check out the video for the album’s lead single “Ghost”:
Husky, comprised of cousins Husky Gawenda and Gideon Preiss, have previously released two albums, 2011’s Forever So and 2014’s Rucker’s Hill, with influences ranging from Leonard Cohen and Bob Dylan to The National and Tame Impala. Gawenda also told the Australian Jewish News that the new album was creatively affected by his and Preiss’ time living in Berlin in 2015, during which they visited the city’s Jewish Museum and Holocaust memorial.
Outside of Husky, Gawenda and Preiss perform in the Yiddish folk group The Bashevis Singers with Gawenda’s sister Evie. They performed at the Shir Madness Jewish Music Festival in Sydney last year and recently released a self-titled album.
“Oriental metal” founders Orphaned Land are celebrating their 25th anniversary with the release of a new EP, Orphaned Land & Friends, on Century Media on Friday. Comprised of previously recorded tracks that were either given limited release or none at all, the album features collaborations with artists like Steven Wilson, Yehuda Poliker, Erkin Koray, and Morgan Magal. One of the album’s tracks, a live version of “M I ?” with Steven Wilson, can be heard below. Streaming and download links for the record can be found here.
Terminally-ill rocker Steve “The Gangsta Rabbi” Lieberman is currently compiling songs for his next album in real time on Soundcloud. Titled 2nd King of Jewish Punk (in reference to his King of Jewish Punk album from January), the album, which will be Lieberman’s 31st CD and 69th including tapes, is set for full release on April 14. The most recent tracks added include “My Very Last Year 3468 (Extreme Punk Thrash edit)” and “I Want A Bass With A Whammy Bar“.