Shir HaShirim; reviewed
“Shir HaShirim” Album Review.
Review by Isaac Gealer
You may be wondering, are there Jewish artists that put you in the mood to pray or meditate? To that question, I can answer yes – look no further than Shemspeed. This label is overflowing with Jewish talent, especially Benyamin Brody, Diwon and Dugans. “Shir HaShirim” is the type of album that can be played on repeat and it will flow seamlessly. The beats, rhythms, and quiet intensity of the vocals will move anyone to embrace the Jewish culture and prayer in music.
“Shir HaShirim” is an hour-long meditation broken into chapters, like a songbook. But this songbook is the songbook of the new generation of Jews. Any form of spirituality can be found in the album as it mixes new age pulses with King Solomon’s poetry. The vocals are clear and the earthy tones compliment any setting. Benyamin Brody, a spiritual Moroccan singer, chants the sweet melodies on all of the tracks. Dugans, a solo guitar master, enters with guitar riffs that symbolize the Jewish culture in the Middle East while Diwon, the “Semitic underground” master beatnik, drops beats that move the chapters along with intensity. All three artists bring their experience and musical genius to this album. The best part of the album is the fact that you do not have to speak Hebrew to feel the emotion put into “Shir HaShirim.” The music out of “Shir HaShirim” can be applied to any sect of Judaism.
These “off the beaten path” artists are the “cream of the crop” when it comes to current Jewish music. If you want a new approach to Jewish melodies, pick up “Shir HaShirim” and add it to your collection. It is the bright alternative to Jewish popular music. Expect some major musical developments to come out of Benyamin Brody, Diwon and Dugans. “Shir HaShirim” is released to the world on March 24th on iTunes, Amazon, etc., under the Modular Moods/Shemspeed Label. There will also be a release party on March 23rd at 11pm at Joe’s Pub in New York City.
Recommended Tracks: Shir HaShirim, Ana Hasach Dodi, and Yehi Razton.