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Does the Dybbuk Dream of Electric Menorahs?

by Bubbeleh

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What started off as a meditation on isolation, turned into a collaboration with six of my closest friends and musicians.

The earliest drafts of this track were recorded on December 12, 2020. I would frequently finish teaching around 9pm, and then cruise around my bike listening to music I had recorded earlier in the day. On my way home I saw a man getting into a car with with an electronic menorah strapped to the top. I don't know the exact reasons that I started recording this song, but I know it had something to do with the fact that I couldn't be with my friends and family on Hanukkah. So, to see this man with his menorah strapped to the top of his car was a welcome sight. He was starting a Chabad in my neighborhood, and had been driving around saying Hanukkah prayers with Jewish families. I said hello, and told him I was jewish. He gave me a Chabad Hanukkah-in-a-box starter kit. It came with a tin menorah and plenty of candles.

I came home, lit the candles and started getting to work on what would become this song. The release is of course bittersweet, I'm still not celebrating Hanukkah with my family, but I do get to celebrate with Bubbeleh! Tonight almost a year later, we will celebrate the release of this recording with our first show in two years. I hope this track is cathartic and healing for you, as it was for me.

Philip "Simcha" Rankin


released November 28, 2021
Lauren Baba - Violin
Andrew Conrad - Clarinet
Gregory Zilboorg - Trumpet
Maxwell Kutner - Guitar
Philip "Simcha" Rankin - Wurlitzer, Piano, Modular Synth
Rusty Kennedy - Bass
Austin Pooley - Drums and Cymbals

Recorded by Bubbeleh from December 2020 - November 2021

Composed by Philip Rankin

Mixed by Philip Rankin PhilipRankin.com

Mastered by Daniel Eaton at Little Castle Mastering


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Bubbeleh Los Angeles, California

Bubbeleh fearlessly (and shamelessly) invents intersections between traditional Jewish folk music and whatever we want. Mixing bulgars and horas with blistering odd meter grooves and improvisation, Bubbeleh takes its cues as much from artists such as Kneebody and the AACM as Naftule Brandwein and Dave Tarras. ... more

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