I saw a friend post this as their Facebook status last night. It's a new music video by the Jewish rock group called Judablue. I'd really enjoyed Judablue's EP "Forty Days," which they released in 2009, so I was eager to check out their new material.
In short: it's simply fantastic.
I can't describe how amazing this song and its video are. The cinematography and composition are wonderful. To think that these guys recorded a few songs during their senior year in high school, and now have produced such an incredible music video, and their fame is just beginning.
There is so much to enjoy about the video itself, so many layers of meaning and so much depth. I particularly love the shot at 3:55, though the flipping, intro bit, newspaper covered room, field, and subtle Pro-Israel elements (such as the Free Gilad on "David's" shirt) are also quite clever and very well done.
My one small critique, if it can even be called that, is that the "Shema Yisrael" section is somewhat reminiscent, though not exactly similar, to Shlock Rock's use of "Shema Yisrael" as part of their song "David and Goliath" (to the tune of "Devil Went Down to Georgia"). It may just be me with my vast database of Jewish Music songs in my head (and on my iPod), since I presume most people won't even know what in the world I'm talking about.
Bonus Factoid: The lead singer of Judablue, Shlomo Gaisen, is the younger brother of Jeremy Gaisen - who recently released the excellent "Umordechai Yatsah" song/video from Purim. Jeremy also appears as a backup vocalist on "Im Lo Aleh" from their EP.
At any rate, I am inspired by Judablue's creative genius. Their songs, and now their videos, are stunning examples of what can be accomplished by being original, creating music that has soul and deep meaning. I hope they continue to produce songs and albums for many years to come.