Grammy-nominated reggae sensation Matisyahu is enjoying a busy December, having launched his “Festival of Lights Tour” last week. He’s also got a brand-new video for his song “Shade From the Sun,” which will bring a bit of glow to this month’s cold days.
Matis just released his new EP Release the Bound in November, which features collaborations with electronic artist the Polish Ambassador and Colombian pop duo Salt Cathedral. Release the Bound comes on the heels of Matisyahu’s last album, 2014’s Akeda, playing into the same theme of Abraham’s final test of commitment, sacrificing his greatest love to God. When he gets to the top of the mountain and binds his son to the altar, an angel appears and tells Abraham to unbind him, that he has passed the test and proved himself.
On the inspiration of the Akeda, Matisyahu explains, “Outside of my own self therapy, I create music for The Bound, people who are stuck or struggling on their journeys. This EP is a narrative of Abraham facing this climatic moment when his whole life is in question and finally the release as he passes his ultimate test. I hope it brings inspiration to those facing similar questions.”