Donate Now to Support KDHX

Listen Live
Monday, 30 July 2012 08:00

Album review: Matisyahu remains a true 'Spark Seeker'

Album review: Matisyahu remains a true 'Spark Seeker'
Written by Dani Kinnison
Rate this item
(0 votes)

Matisyahu
"Spark Seeker"
Fallen Sparks Records

Reggae artist Matisyahu has made a name for himself through speaking on a platform of positivity and personal change. His uplifting message shines through on "Spark Seeker."

When he first caught mainstream attention in 2004 with the single "King Without a Crown" he wore a yarmulke and waxed poetic over reggae rhythms and his own beatboxing skills. Since then, Matisyahu has gone through some personal and musical rebirth. Where there was a yarmulke is short blond hair. And on "Spirit Seeker" he explores electronic music and mixes it with his lyrical storytelling and percussive vocal technique.

The album starts off with "Crossroads," a track that rings like an opening piece of a musical epic poem or a primer of some sort. Where before the tone of many of Matisyahu's songs was inspiring from beginning to end, "Crossroads" is a substantial song of determination and conviction. It picks up and carries the momentum that might fade out with the more lightly-optimistic tones of other tracks on "Spirit Seeker," such as "Sunshine."

The first few seconds sound like a low Hebrew warble that could be heard in the streets of Israel. Coupled with a sprinkling of traditional instrumentation and sounds, Matisyahu declares that "I've been searching for my bite/They say I inspire but I'm still looking for my fire." It's clear on "Crossroads" that though his music may be inspirational to listeners, Matisyahu works to also inspire himself through his songs.

Matisyahu cannot be pigeonholed, especially when it comes to "Tel Aviv'n." With a heavy hand on the synthesizers, Matisyahu's vocals merge with the electronic beats and melody as he sings "I'm feeling easy/The ocean brings me/Carrying me, I'm Tel Aviv'n/And now I'm seeing and I'm believing/Because these streets got melody in them."

The song has a distinctly groovy feel and carefree attitude; it's not hard to imagine "Tel Aviv'n" oozing out of the speakers in discotheques and clubs lining the streets referred to in the song. It's no coincidence that part of "Spark Seeker" was recorded in Israel, as well as Los Angeles. "Tel Aviv'n," especially, captures an urban-noir atmosphere.

For seasoned listeners that fancy Matisyahu's reggae music "I Believe in Love" is the quintessence of that sound on "Spark Seeker." Anchored by a slow, rocksteady beat, the softly-frazzled, bouncy guitar work and Matisyahu's echoed voice, "I Believe in Love" is a sweet slow space on "Spark Seeker" that allows listeners to take a break from the more heavy, electronic tracks.

"Spark Seeker" doesn't lack any opportunities for Matisyahu to show just how well he can make music, regardless of its genre. The album's production locales parallel some of the music influences, and while there are elements of Matisyahu's previous work, the album doesn't feel remotely recycled or repetitive as far as creativity goes. Rather, the album simply attests to Matisyahu's impressive ability to explore different musical landscapes.

Upcoming Concerts

Sponsor Message

Become a Sponsor

Find KDHX Online

KDHX on Instagram
KDHX on YouTube
KDHX on SoundCloud
KDHX on Facebook
KDHX on Twitter
KDHX on flickr

Local Artist Spotlight


Dad Jr: Get Down. Hard.

Sun June 29

Graham Pagano

Mon June 23
Graham Pagano's debut album Quit Complaining is a high charged mix of old and new music. his old blues and classic country feel blended up with a rock and roll attitude makes this stripped down album explode…

88.1 KDHX Shows

m-guitar.jpg

KDHX Recommends

July
Saturday
26

Genevieve at Harvest Sessions 2014

Genevieve at Harvest Sessions 2014 Harvest Sessions welcomes Genevieve -- featuring Rebecca Ryan and Leslie Sanazaro -- to the West Pool Pavilion for a morning of acoustic music. This free Saturday morning concert series takes place at the Tower Grove Farmers'...


July
Sunday
27

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round Welcomes Sugar Free All-Stars

88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round Welcomes Sugar Free All-Stars 88.1 KDHX Musical Merry-Go-Round welcomes Sugar Free All-Stars for a family matinee Sunday, July 27 at Noon. Kids under two are free. $8 advance tickets on sale now. Tickets available at the door for $10. Kids under two are free. For...


July
Thursday
31

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys

Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys KDHX presents Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys at The Stage, July 31 at 8pm. Tickets available online.   Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Folk remembers watching his Dad pick the country blues on a...


Get Answers!

If you have questions or need to contact KDHX, visit our answers portal at answers.kdhx.org.

Online Users

8 users and 11869 guests online
Sign in with Facebook

SYSTEM: S5 Box

Login/My Account

Sign in with Facebook