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.
Ex-Hasidic alt-reggae star Matisyahu recently debuted an official video for his single “Back to the Old“. The video, directed, shot, and edited by Shlomo Weprin of Shlomotions, had its exclusive premiere on Conan O’Brien’s “Team Coco” website as part of its Fresh Noises section.
“Back to the Old” is featured on Matisyahu’s new album Undercurrent, which is scheduled to drop May 19. It’s available for pre-order here. He can next be seen live at the California Roots Festival on May 26 in Monterey, CA.
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.
Being long removed from peak pop culture influence hasn’t stopped Matisyahu from continuing to impact the JM scene through a number of proteges. The latest of these is Ithaca-based indie rapper Zeke Finn, whose self-titled debut EP, produced by Stu Brooks, comes out today.
While Finn draws from a lot of the same wells as his mentor – hip-hop, reggae, alternative, jam – he has something a bit darker and weirder going on. Whereas Matis made his name as a friendly role model for the troubled youth, Zeke Finn IS that troubled youth, and he has no problem putting his very human flaws and confusion front and center, whether or not they’re going to get solved. Musically, his website says he grew up hearing hippie jam bands at GrassRoots Festival, and there’s very much a trippiness to his dream-pop-inspired beats that makes a delicious counterpoint to the confessional lyrics.
You can check out his video for “Plight”, featuring the Beardless One himself, below: