The idea of The Sway Machinery sounds strange: A Jewish collective based out of Brooklyn that plays Desert inspired blues-rock (think Tinariwen) with hints of Afrofunk. And it does sound strange, yet this is some of the best music I’ve heard in a long time.
Now this band has been around for a while and are already well respected in their music community, but I think more people should know about them. Also, this is probably the only time I’ll ever say that you’ll want to headbang to century-old sacred Ashkenazi Jewish melodies. But the band also writes in English and covers major pop hits in their unique way (see their cover of “Billie Jean” below). It’s important to note that many members of the band have also played along other great bands such as Antibalas, Iron and Wine, and Arcade Fire.
Their new album Purity And Danger will be released this March.
“Skin To Skin”
“Billie Jean” cover