Jewish-American musician Matisyahu has released a new CD entitled Spark Seeker with a new sound and a new look. His well-known long beard and payos are now gone, as is his Carribean reggae flavored tunes. But what still remains is the positive vibe and spiritually uplifting message in his music and lyrics.
Such songs as Tel Aviv'n and Bal Shem Tov express a love for Jewish religion and homeland. Like on previous releases, there are not always overt Jewish references in the lyrics, but subtle nods to different hasidic and kabbalistic concepts that could be appreciated by a broad audience.
Also featured on the album is Shyne, the rap star who now studies in a Jerusalem yeshiva. Israeli musician Ravid Kalahani of the band Yemen Blues also makes a guest appearance adding a Middle Eastern flavor.