- The Washington Times - Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Bulletproof Stockings

“Homeland Call Stomp”

The beauty of America is this country’s diversity of ethnic and religious traditions, which lends the U.S. a tapestry mosaic of soundscapes of influences from around the world. Just in time for Hanukkah, the all-female Hasidic Jewish alt-rock group Bulletproof Stockings out of the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn is coming out with its first full-length disc. Blending the languages of old and newer, the ladies offer songs in both Hebrew and English. The dreamy “Tzama L’cha Nafshi” kicks off the album with the ancient tongue’s deep vowels and throaty consonants, followed by the equally mesmerizing “Easy Pray” in the language of the New World. “Sapphire Reigns” melds a melancholic piano with mournful strings with soul-warming panache, which is repeated on the latter track “Day by Day.” Incredibly, the quartet switches gears into hip-hop grooves for “Frigid City,” showing off their feel not only for their own inherited sounds but also incorporating other styles. Album sags for a bit before rebounding with the quirky “Vagabond’s Wagon.”

Bulletproof Stockings will be appearing at the District’s Sixth & I Historic Synagogue Dec. 8 at 8 p.m. during Hanukkah. Tickets are $15 and are available at Ticketfly.com.

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