Jerusafunk – The Hierophant


Jerusafunk makes it pretty clear in their music exactly what they want out of the listener. They want their listeners to dance and feel the love. There isn’t really that much more the Phoenix-based 10-piece klezmer-funk band wants from those listening.

Naturally, any band describing themselves as klezmer-funk is going to have a worldly sound, but that term doesn’t really do justice for J-Funk, who are genre mixing within their music like maybe no other band out is. The group and its mighty horn section can jump from an all-out funk groove to a traditional klezmer song to a beat that heavily resembles contemporary hip-hop to a whole different Baltic sound seamlessly and most importantly with style.

Jerusafunk released the sophomore album The Hierophant on June 15, the followup to their 2015 full-length Sweat and Glitter. This go-round is a little more focused than their first offering, and coming iat nearly twice as long as their debut, it has a whole hell of a lot more going on musically.

It’s the type of record that a DJ can throw on at a dance party and leave the turntables for a little while, knowing full well that every song on the album he left going is guaranteed to get any crowd that isn’t dead moving. The Hierophant is not introspective soul-searching music. It’s dancing and love-making music with a whole lot of sexuality and just a hint of mystery.

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Jeff Schaer-Moses

Jeff Moses is an experienced music journalist with more than 1,000 bylines under his belt nationwide. From the world's biggest rock stars to underground musicians living in your very own backyard he has interviewed them all with clarity and integrity. While some people think a great story needs a little journalistic spin, Jeff believes the best stories tend to tell themselves. For him covering big festivals is always big fun, but finding that band that is a diamond in the rough just itching to get their tunes out there is the greatest thrill in life.

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