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.
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.
Singer-songwriter Eviatar Banai has released a new video for “Leshonot Shel Esh” (Tongues of Fire), the title track from his most recent album. The track was produced by Tamir Muskat, while the clip, filmed partially in the caves of Beit Guvrin National Park, was directed, written, and produced by Gilad Avnat and Stav Nahum of BONAMAZE.
Tel Aviv indie rocker Botzer has released a video for his new single “ADD“. The song was produced by Botzer regular Ori Avni, while the clip was directed and co-written by Eldad Eilat.
The track explores Botzer’s personal struggles with the titular disorder, a favorite subject of his since his debut. Here, he examines how his ADD shaped both his childhood and adult life, while at the same time offering hope and encouragement to children with the condition. The video illustrates this in a surreal yet moving fashion: a child (Botzer’s real-life son, Yosef-Or), bored and distracted in class, draws and subsequently brings to life a box-headed imaginary friend (Botzer), who accompanies him to a strange underwater world, all leading to a hauntingly ambiguous ending.
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.