German-based klezmer punk act Daniel Kahn & The Painted Bird recently released the video for their new single “Freedom Is A Verb“, directed by Patrícia Bateira. Powered by a menacing speakeasy vibe and the titular frontman’s snarling vocals, the track delivers biting criticism of America’s current political situation and reminds listeners that freedom is “something never finished, never done“. The video adds to this commentary with shots of politically-motivated graffiti and artwork (including some aimed at a certain American president…)
“Freedom Is A Verb” comes from the group’s upcoming album The Butcher’s Share, which comes out November 17 on Oriente Musik.
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.”
Indie electro artist Ron Isaiah aka SuperFunkBox recently premiered his new single “Ginger Boom” on Soundcloud. Trippy as always, the Florida native’s latest consists of an alternating loop of a chirping electro build, synth organ and strings straight from a Danny Elfman soundtrack, and Isaiah’s stream-of-consciousness spoken word poetry that seems to deal with letting go of past mistakes, supported by a tightly wound drum track.
Yuda & The Retro, the reggae rock side project of Aharit Hayamim frontman Yehuda Leuchter, have released a new song for the High Holidays entitled “Kol Od Haner Dolek” (As Long As The Candle Is Lit).
The track, a cool, somber jam about maintaining hope in dark times, was produced by David Lifshitz, who also sings on the song and wrote the lyrics based on the teachings of R’ Yisroel Salanter, and features Leuchter’s AH bandmate Rafael Barkats on saxophone.
Tel Aviv native Barak Grossberg has recently released his guitar-heavy debut single “Baolam Ha’Amiti” (In The Real World).
Produced and recorded by Assaf Shahar, previously a sound tech on tracks by Hanan Ben-Ari and Roi Lavi & The Good Guys, “Baolam Ha’Amiti” is a chaotic blast of psychedelic noise rock, full of bruising guitars and manically shouted vocals that build in intensity over the course of the song, all kept tight and focused by the rhythm section of Grossberg’s bandmates, bassist Ariel Harosh and drummer Mor Harpazi. The lyrics, reportedly based on the second chapter of Tanya (Grossberg is a baal teshuva through Chabad), deal with the conflict between man’s spiritual and physical nature.
A release concert for the single will be held on Thursday, September 7, at the Tel Aviv pub Bar Giyora. Support acts will include blues rocker Shlomo Mizrachi; Omri Vitis, frontman of Grossberg’s previous post-grunge band The Bells; and brother Yonatan Grossberg, of the metal band Kadachat (Fever). Details and ticket info can be found here.