The latest release 'BSP' (Bright Sky Playground) from Matisyahu's Album 'Undercurrent' is an eclectic affair. Incorporating slick word play with an expansive feel and anthemic chorus it plays with various sounds and emotions.
Although he is described as a Reggae artist, Matisyahu's music merges so much more than that; crossing genres and taking many influences, his Jewish roots playing a big part. He's also a great beatboxer.
'Undercurrent' is Matisyahu's sixth studio album to date, nearly thirteen years after his first record, and he feels it is his most courageous. He says, “This is the first album I've made that is produced by myself and the band with out any outside forces involved. It's my baby. No compromises, full artistic integrity.”
The first track from the album, 'Step Out Into The Light' is a different vibe and tempo from 'BSP' and shows how versatile this artist is. With this track, Matisyahu delves deep into a musical reframing of the Jewish philosophical differences between the constant of Faith (‘Emunah’) and the immediacy of trust (‘Bitachon’).
Matisyahu reflects, “Emunah is nothing more than an understanding that God runs the world and is part of the world in every way and in every dimension. Bitachon is a trust or reliance in God (or friends, family, etc.) for your own personal journey through this world. Someone can intellectually understand or emotionally have faith that the world is beyond the self, but still have no trust that world cares at all about his own personal life and journey. I.e. One can have emunah but no bitachon."
With 'Undercurrent', Matisyahu has introduced a musical retelling of his story that explores the forces within that inspire us all, challenge us, break us down, elevate us, and yet are rarely obvious to the outside observer. You can stream 'Undercurrent' here,
Matisyahu continues his European tour and you can catch him on these dates:
Sep 16 - Backstage Halle. Munich, Germany
Sep 17 - Yaam, Berlin, Germany
Sep 18 - Lucerna Music Bar, Prague, Czech Republic
Sep 19 - Kantine, Kolne, Germany
Sep 20 - Ancienne Belgique, Brussels, Belgium