Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Eitan Freilich releases "Lehodos Lecha" video

UK frum-pop star Eitan Freilich has released a video for his hit summer single "Lehodos Lecha".

The clip, directed by Dov Smith, follows a meta-narrative wherein Freilich seeks ideas for the video from British Jewish stand-up and the video's real-life scripter Ashley Blaker (think the British Mendy Pellin), only for the lunch meeting to be repeatedly derailed and ultimately lead to a comedic anticlimax. Despite that and the strange lack of Freilich singing onscreen (aside from a few "oh-ohs"), the song is still enjoyable, and Blaker gets in a few amusing faces.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Hasidic wedding band pays tribute to Skillet

In the latest installment of their "Freilach Fanfares" video series, the Monroe, NY-based Freilach Band showcased a wedding clip wherein they give a musical nod to Grammy-nominated nu metal group Skillet. The wedding intro piece, arranged by Avremi G and conducted by Tzvi Blumenfeld, contains a recreation of the opening riff to Skillet's 2010 hit "Awake and Alive". The nod was reportedly requested by the family and re-written specially for the event.

Mordechai Shapiro releases "Machar" clip

Frum-pop star and former Miami Boy Mordechai Shapiro has released his latest single and video, "Machar" (Tomorrow). The track was composed by Shapiro and produced by Yitzy Waldner, with lyrics by Miriam Israeli and arrangements by PlayMasters Studio.

"Machar" has much in common with Shapiro's previous hit, last year's "Schar Mitzvah": The video being filmed at Camp Morasha; Shimmy Socol co-writing and co-directing the video; a storyline about a camper feeling out of place; even the R&B feel of the track. That said, there are some significant differences between the two. "Machar" has a tropical house intro, complete with Matisyahu-style vocalizing (although that genre is less prominent in the rest song), and the message is less a theoretical musing about mitzvos and more a practical (if somewhat cliched) offer of hope in troubling times. And similar or not, "Machar" still features capable vocals from Shapiro and an enjoyable song from the team behind him.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Itzik Dadya releases new single "Avinu"

Israeli artist Itzik Dadya has released "Avinu", the latest dance-pop single from his upcoming album. Like many of his recent singles, Dadya wrote, composed, and produced the track under the auspices of David Fadida's FDD Productions, while Ron Tichon mixed and mastered it.

New single: Yossi Green ft. Shlomo Simcha, "Ten Li Bracha"

Composer Yossi Green and vocalist Shlomo Simcha have released a new single entitled "Ten Li Bracha". The orchestral ballad, arranged by Doni Gross, is a bonus track from Green's upcoming album Shades of Green: Layl Shishi, which will include 20 more of his compositions.

Zanvil Weinberger and Malchus Choir release new single "Hoshiu"

Israeli Hasidic artists Zanvil Weinberger and the Malchus Choir, the latter led by Pinchas Bichler, have released a new single entitled "Hoshiu". The electronic dance track was composed by R' Yaakov Lebowitz from a traditinal Vizhnitz nigun, produced and arranged by Bichler, electronically arranged by Bentzi Stein, and mixed by Chaim Moses.

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Pinny Einhorn releases oddball video for "V'emunatcha"

Israeli Hasidic kumzits star Pinny Einhorn has released a fun, if exceedingly weird, video for his new single "V'emunatcha". The track was written by Einhorn, with an English bridge written by none other than Lipa Schmeltzer, produced and arranged by Shimi Sklar, while the Yedidim International Choir provided backing vocals.

The clip, created by Hyper Productions in Bnei Brak, starts with the simple concept of thanking Hashem even in dark situations and expands it to surreal proportions. Einhorn and friends, while on a camping trip, get arrested and imprisoned for driving (very) unsafely, break out of jail through music video magic, only for Einhorn to fall and break his leg in the street immediately afterward, requiring a Hatzolah ambulance to strap him to a stretcher, which then leads to him limping onstage on crutches at a concert, only to jauntily throw them aside upon reaching the microphone. If that sentence seems run-on and disjointed, it is only slightly less so than the actual video, but Einhorn's boundless energy and gameness for mugging and comic physical punishment goes a long way toward anchoring the madness.

Elad Shaer releases new single "Osher Ad"

Israeli vocalist Elad Shaer has released a lyric video for his new single "Osher Ad". The EDM party track was written by Yaakov Menashe, arranged and produced by first-time collaborator David Bittan, and mixed and edited by Yaniv Blass. It will be featured on an upcoming album by Shaer.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

Lev Tahor releases first ever video for "Hallelu"

Lev Tahor have released their first ever music video for their song "Hallelu". The song, the lead single from their most recent album LTV, borrows from Lindsey Buckingham's "Holiday Road" while incorporating an original bridge that features the Sephardic Boys Choir. The video, meanwhile, was directed, produced by, and co-stars Meir Kay, and it gets a lot of mileage from his trademark infectious enthusiasm, although it's slightly disappointing that, in LT's first official video, group members Ari Cukier and Gadi Fuchs are barely featured until the very end.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Ishay Ribo releases new single "Hine Yamim Baim"

Ishay Ribo has released his latest song "Hine Yamim Baim" (Behold the Coming Days), the first single off his upcoming third album. The track, a soft rock song about the coming of Moshiach, was written by Ribo, who also produced it with Maor Shoshan.