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Newcomer YM Covers Leonard Cohen, Preps Debut Album

YM (Yitzchok Meir Malek), an under-the-radar American-Israeli folksinger, has been making his mark this past week with several new releases and announcements.

First is his recently-released cover of the late Leonard Cohen‘s classic “Who By Fire“, timed for both the High Holidays and the recent string of natural disasters. The cover distinguishes itself by YM’s overlaid vocals, blending a Cohenesque low end with a Dylanesque high end, and by a featured performance from oudist Elyasaf Bashari.

He has also released a music video for his bouncy love ballad “Love Is Like A Bird“, produced by Daniel Goldstein and directed by Shlomo Weprin.

Both songs, as it happens, are heralds of the singer-songwriter’s upcoming debut album, Dear God, which is currently being crowdfunded on the Israeli site Headstart. The album’s planned title track is another cover, this one of “Dear God (Sincerely M.O.F.)” by the supergroup Monsters of Folk. You can sample the album below and contribute here.

Originally from New York before moving to Jerusalem, YM was mentored by Grammy-winning guitarist C Lanzbom and cites among his influences Cohen, Dylan, Marley, Sinatra, and Carlebach. He has described his sound as “alternative rock meets R&B with a touch of pop” and “a classy and suave flirtation of jazzy flows and bluesy bass, peppered with the occasional ballad and campus quad acoustic.

Esther S. Releases New “In The Fog” EP

Esther S., a singer-songwriter and producer from Montreal, just released her new EP In The Fog last week through her label Softsonic. You can check it out below.

The EP is an alluring bit of indie-pop, full of ethereal keyboards and haunting harmonies. Lyrically, Esther S. doesn’t seem to wear her faith on her sleeve, but it’s easy to see the record’s theme of turning to a higher power in times of distress.

Esther S. (full name Esther Spiegelman) has had a long career in music. Besides for her previous solos (2014’s Home EP and the 2015 album Paper Planes), she has also performed with her brother Yankie as Lets Be Giants, as well as in the duo Bright September with Stephane Lorello.