Indie folk artist Levi Robin has released a new single entitled “Hey Love“. The track, another in his recent string of lush, atmospheric folk ballads, was produced by Stu Brooks and mixed by Joel Hamilton. The song’s lyrics, dedicated to an ailing friend of Robin’s, use references to Tehillim and a Breslov axiom to illustrate how, in Robin’s words, “even in the darkest moments and experiences, the Divine Presence is with us.”
Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Mikhal (Mikhal Weiner) has released a colorful stop-motion video for her song “Clouds“, off her debut album, Daughter of the Sea, which released in May. You can check out the video below.
Born and raised in Jerusalem, Israel, Weiner is a classically-trained composer, having studied at both Rimon College in Israel and Berklee College in Boston, and her classical pieces have been performed by the likes of Ehud Ettun, the Esterhazy Quartet, and the ALEA III Chamber Orchestra. Her album blends her classical background with folk, funk, pop, grunge, and spoken word, influenced by artists like Ani DiFranco, Joni Mitchell, Aaron Copland and Bjork, with lyrics ranging from abstract poetry to scathing social commentary.
Daughter of the Sea can be purchased on Mikhal’s website, as well as on iTunes and Amazon, and is available to stream on Soundcloud and Spotify.
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.
UPDATE: Official YouTube audio added.
Speaking of Matisyahu proteges…Indie folk singer/songwriter Levi Robin has just released “Airplane”, the second single from his as-yet-untitled full-length album with producers Stu Brooks and Joel Hamilton.
Over a stirring background of twangy western guitar and whooping background vocals, Robin sings of a world beyond the physical: “Would you believe me if I told you/There’s a sun beyond the clouds?…I’ll take you on an airplane/Show you what your eyes don’t see”.
You can hear the song on Soundcloud (below), Spotify, and iTunes.