Taken from their latest release – Sweet Tennessee – this track really sees Judah & the Lion becoming more playful in their instrumental arrangements. The bouncing back and forth between the guitar and banjo riff on the verses of this song, though simple, adds a nice new element to their already polished sound. Listening to Sweet Tennessee its clear that the band have really stepped up the production quality and as a result have really delivered highly on this release. In lyrics, they have also explored new territory including more anecdotal song writing, however, its all still very much worshipful – just not as directly as their previous release. Overall this is a great second EP from Judah & the Lion, and its really exciting to see such development in their sound. I’m sure we’ll see this band go far…
This song is taken from La Liberte’s (Zach Laliberte) album The Tide. Zach first started making music as a young boy and currently lives in Portland, where he now writes music for films and documentaries. It’s evident from The Tide, just how varied La Liberte’s influences are – the obvious genres would be electronic and ambient music but there are also hints of rock and even hip-hop found throughout. This track is one of the more chilled songs on the album, but do check out the album, after all it is free to download!
Strahan is a Christian musician from New Zealand and this song is taken from his debut full length album Posters. This is a truly exceptional album from Strahan and for a debut album it is incredibly confident and strong. This song as the opening track serves perfectly as the introduction to the rest of the album and sets the tone for what is to come. Filled with God glorifying lyrics though often not as overt as worship music, Posters is still an album all for His glory.
This song is the opening track to The Oh Hellos first full length album, Through The Deep, Dark Valley. The Oh Hellos are comprised of the Texas siblings, Maggie and Tyler Heath who operate as an independent band. Released at the end of 2012, this album is a brilliant first LP, consistently well written and performed. Currently, this song has been on repeat, serving as a beautiful accompaniment to waking up each morning knowing that summer draws ever closer. All we can say is that this album leaves us waiting eagerly to hear more of The Oh Hellos, but for now Through The Deep, Dark Valley will certainly satisfy!
This reworked and remixed hymn is taken from Page CXVI’s remix album Re-Hymns, edited by Christian musician and Noisetrade.com co-founder, Derek Webb. Page CXVI take their name from the roman numerals of a page in C.S Lewis’ ‘The Magician’s Newphew’ – the page where Aslan sings creation into existence.
CXVI formed out of the desire to bring old hymns back to life, making them accessible to young audiences and have since released 5 albums of hymns. Listening to Page CXVI’s music it’s hard not to appreciate the beautiful lyrics of the old hymns and so hearing these reworks then remixed again and brought into a completely different genre is just even more exciting!
From Jackson, MS, Seeker & Servant are a new worship band, consisting of brothers Cameron and Chandler Wood. They formed Seeker & Servant in late 2012 due to becoming the worship leaders at a new church and so are fully dedicated to worshipping and glorifying God through their music. This song, ‘We Will Sing’ is their debut single and it’s interesting to note that the song was mixed by Eric Owyoung of Future of Forestry!
The lyrics on this track are simple yet secure in their theme, and as the song builds up to the final chorus you can’t help but find yourself singing along in worship to the Lord! It’s also great seeing such a new band have such an established and polished sound. The Wood brothers have truly gotten us excited for future releases just from this debut alone, but for now ‘we will sing with all that we have’!
Rend Collective Experiment cover Matt Redman’s Grammy winning song 10,000 Reasons (Bless The Lord) on their latest release – Campfire. With this album, the band wanted to bring the sense of community out in their worship, and a feeling of intimacy (hence the title). In their words – “the church singing in unison and unity is more powerful than any amplifier”. This song originally written by Matt Redman is hugely popular in many churches at the moment but Rend Collective really add their own folky charm to it, making it a refreshing cover.
This song is taken from The Sing Team’s 2012 release Oh! Great Is Our God EP. As referenced in the song title the lyrics of this tune were inspired by the words of Psalm 42, all about our soul longing for more of God, of which we often are most aware of during the times we feel far from God. A truly beautiful song flooded with God’s word that speaks so directly to us.
“Why are you downcast, oh my soul?
Why so disturbed within me?”
This song is taken from the new album Live At City Beautiful.
Civil Parish are a worship band from Orlando, FL who formed in 2010. This live album is available for free download from Noisetrade, and is a great addition to any collection of worship songs. This track is a cover of the hymn ‘How Deep The Father’s Love For Us’ which Civil Parish do a great job of making it sound modern and fresh with a nice acoustic introduction, slowly building up to the final verse for a ‘shout-along’ finish! A beautiful rendition of one of my favourite hymns and the rest of the album is just as satisfying.
Genre: Pop, Singer/Songwriter, Acoustic, Christmas, Carol
This song is taken from Josiah James Christmas album, Heaven Came Down EP.
On this song, Josiah James is joined by the lead singer of Golden Youth, Stephanie Lauren, for a cover of the english carol, The First Noel. The teaming of vocals works really well on this song, and the harmonies sound absolutely beautiful on the chorus. The Christmassy sound is there, but it’s balanced and not overdone. Overall this is a brilliant piece of Christmas pop music, sure to find its way into your Christmas playlist!