Eikon

Eikon – Dave Hendra (left) and Dave Pilcher (right)

In the build up to their ‘Human EP‘ release, we caught up with Dave Hendra and Dave Pilcher of ‘Eikon‘ and asked them Five Questions…

1. It’s been a year since your last EP release (My Fortress), how do you think your sound has developed since then and what sounds can we expect to hear on this new EP?

Dave Pilcher: We’ve been developing our style a bit so the tracks reflect a more worshipful vibe. The focus now, is more on God and less on us, whilst also trying to achieve a more coherent style throughout a release. There’s a bit more house stuff, It is over-all a bit quicker, and some extra bleeps and bloops for free. We are stoked with the way our sound is coming together. But at the same time don’t want to hold onto it: We love experimenting to keep things fresh.

2. We’ve featured a few covers you’ve done this past year, such as ‘I Love Your Presence’ and ‘Take A Moment’, how do you find the process of working with a song that’s already written in a very different style to the music you create, and how does that compare to the songwriting process of your original work?

Dave Hendra: The challenge of taking a song that has a strong identity and restructuring it to our tastes is a lot of fun. In some ways you don’t have to think too much about the lyrics while at the same time you are playing with melody and phrasing to fit new rhythms and chords. When working on originals we start with a blank slate and could do anything, which is exciting. With covers the restrictions can work in our favour and actually speed up the process. Both are ultimately about problem-solving.

Dave Pilcher: I used to do a fair bit of remixing under my Naive Machine alias (before I become a Christian), so enjoy flipping another style into something new and original, with the aim to rework the track to sound almost like a completely new one. We in fact have a whole album ready of worship remixes (which will include the two tracks you mentioned!).

3. The title of this new EP is ‘Human’, how did you choose this name and what’s the theme behind it?

Dave Hendra: I was inspired by a recent talk, where the preacher said that Jesus ‘sucks out the poison and the pain’ – in other words God took the mess we had created and made it his own. I also love it that in Jesus we get a glimpse of what God wants for humanity, and the power to do something about it. We have thus attempted to weave a theme intended to link how Christ in the Spirit leads us to be more like Him, the ways in which this is done, and in doing so makes us more truly human.

4. As Eikon, you guys frequently lead worship in your local church, how does this style of music as congregational worship work and do you think we can hope to see the wider Church accept and integrate more unconventional worship styles like this?

Dave Pilcher: It is still early days for us but we have big hopes that the church can embrace this kind of music – and tweaked to make it easier for congregations to use! Some people love it, others don’t, but many are able to respond and worship God through the music, which is the most important thing. The leadership at St Mary’s Bryanston Square (London) are very supportive of us – they like trying new things – which we are grateful for. We think God is too big to be worshiped in just one way. We are aware that we are so blessed to be playing a tiny part in thousands of years of worship of all different types. On a purely selfish level it would be fantastic to see more churches pushing boundaries with electronic music (but that’s just because it is what we like!) We have lots to learn and try to work on the feedback we get when we lead worship live.

5. Lastly, what lies in the future for Eikon? Can we expect a full length record at some point? More covers? Live shows?

Dave Pilcher: We have so many tracks ready! There’s our covers album, an EP we are remixing for Darren and Jessie Clarke, and a full-length originals album! Plus we are planning a Christmas covers EP as well. This is all planned for release within the next 2 years! So watch this space, and please pray that God would continue to help us make music for His glory!

To keep up to date with Eikon, follow them at:
https://soundcloud.com/eikonmusic
https://www.facebook.com/Eikonmusic

To Pre-Order their ‘Human – EP’ from iTunes follow these links:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human-ep/id984928552
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/human-ep/id984928552


Genre: Acoustic, Worship

For more info on Darren & Jessie Clarke visit:
http://www.darrenandjessieclarke.com/
https://www.facebook.com/DarrenandJessieClarke
https://twitter.com/ClarkeLaneMusic

Purchase ‘It All Comes Down To You’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/hand-of-god/id943682215
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hand-of-god/id943682215

Lyrics:
I’ll take your words, over my thoughts
I’ll take Your truth, even when it hurts

It all comes down to you
You who make all things new
At the end of it all
The earth may crumble and the skies may fall

But I will not be swept away
Though my heart tells me to be afraid
But I will stand on what You say
And the promises You made

It all comes down to you, It all comes down to you
It all comes down to you in the end… my dear friend.

I’ll follow you, wherever you lead
I just want you, instead of me

It all comes down to You
You who make all things new
At the end of it all,
The earth may crumble and the skies may fall

But I will not be swept away
Though my heart tells me to be afraid
I will stand on what You say
And the promises You made

It all comes down to You
You who make all things new
At the end of it all,
The earth may crumble and the skies may fall

But I will not be swept away
Though my heart tells me to be afraid

I will stand on what You say and the promises You made
It all comes down to you, It all comes down to you
It all comes down to you in the end… my dear friend.
It all comes down to you, It all comes down to you
It all comes down to you in the end… my dear friend.

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Genre: Electronica, Indie, Experimental, Worship,

We’re excited to premiere new music from the London worship duo Eikon‘s forthcoming EP ‘Human’. Known for their unique sound of electronica, indie church music ‘Human’ will be their third EP release, promising to deliver more delicious bass-infected worship.

For more info on Eikon visit:
https://soundcloud.com/eikonmusic
https://www.facebook.com/Eikonmusic
https://calibresound.bandcamp.com/

Pre-Order ‘Human’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/human-ep/id984928552
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/human-ep/id984928552

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Genre: Indie, Worship, Electronica, Psych-Rock,

The beautiful indie-rock fuelled sounds of Isla Vista Worship impress on this track taken from their self titled album released last year.

For more info on Isla Vista Worship visit:
http://www.islavistaworship.com/
https://www.facebook.com/IslaVistaWorship

Purchase ‘In Your Presence’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/isla-vista-worship/id888109238
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/isla-vista-worship/id888109238

Lyrics:
I was not made to live without You Jesus
My heart will never find
A love that frees like Yours does
You sealed me with Your Ghost
Now there’s no more loneliness
Your love has made it’s choice
And I am whole because of it

There’s so much freedom and life
In Your presence
It’s where I come alive
In Your presence

You hold my heart inside Your strong hands
You’ve loved me in and out
It’s more than I can stand
I can never find the words
Big enough to express
With You there’s always more
Forever endless

Your Spirit’s bringing us together
Your love’s infused in me forever
You fill me up with so much pleasure
And now I can’t keep my heart from lovin’
I can’t keep my heart from lovin’ You
Yeah

And now I can’t keep my heart from lovin’
I can’t keep my heart from lovin’ You

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Genre: Easter, Worship, Indie

Happy Easter! Christ is risen and there is no one in his grave! Celebrate with this brilliant indie worship anthem from the group ‘Story’ who are releasing a new track each month this year. Hope you all have a great day worshipping our risen Saviour!

For more info on Story visit:
https://www.facebook.com/storyworship

Name Your Price for ‘No One In His Grave’ on BandCamp:
https://storyworship.bandcamp.com/track/no-one-in-his-grave

Lyrics:
Behold, I sing about a mystery
Of Christ’s great love for thee
He took our sins up on that wretched tree
And died for all, on Calvary

O Sing all ye daughters
O sing all ye sons
The devil is beaten
And our Saviour has won

The cross can’t destroy him
And the tomb can’t contain
Jesus died for a moment
Now there’s no one in His grave

Death has been swallowed up in victory
Now sin has no hold on me
Now sin has no hold on me!

O Praise be to God who gives us victory
All glory, honour, power
To Jesus our King

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Genre: Indie, Worship, Acoustic, Singer-Songwriter

The talent simply oozes from Rivers & Robots frontman Jonathan Ogden on this beautiful track inspired by Psalm 139.

For more info on Jonathan Ogden visit:
https://soundcloud.com/jonathan-ogden

Download ‘You See’ on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/jonathan-ogden/you-see

Photography by Baristas Co:
http://baristas.co/

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Genre: Worship, Remix, Electronica, Tropical House,

Vancouver producer sXw takes Hillsong United’s brand new ‘Touch The Sky’ and remixes it into a beautiful Tropical House summer anthem.

For more info on Hillsong United visit:
http://hillsong.com/united.html

For more info on sXw visit:
https://soundcloud.com/sxwmusic

Get ‘Touch The Sky sXw Bootleg’ on SoundCloud:
https://soundcloud.com/sxwmusic/hillsong-united-touch-the-sky-sxw-bootleg-remix

Lyrics:
What fortune lies beyond the stars
Those dazzling heights too vast to climb
I got so high to fall so far
But I found heaven as love swept low

My heart beating, my soul breathing
I found my life when I laid it down
Upward falling, spirit soaring
I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground

What treasure waits within Your scars
This gift of freedom gold can’t buy
I bought the world and sold my heart
You traded heaven to have me again

My heart beating, my soul breathing
I found my life when I laid it down
Upward falling, spirit soaring
I touch the sky when my knees hit the ground x3

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