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Genre: Electronica, Indie, Experimental, Christmas, Carol,

This song is taken from Future of Forestry’s second Christmas album, Advent Christmas EP, Vol 2. Eric Owyoung, the man behind FoF enjoys his Christmas songs and most years does a special Advent tour. This is his slightly less traditional cover of Joy To The World, starting in an experimental, electronica style and progressively becoming more traditional building up to the climax, where the song transitions into the hymn All Creatures Of Our God And King. Owyoung then wonderfully merges the hymns a second time and finishes this wonderful cover by reprising the original carol, what a musical journey!

Buy Advent Christmas EP, Vol 2 from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/advent-christmas-ep-vol.-2/id401452190
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/advent-christmas-ep-vol.-2/id401452190

For more information about Future of Forestry visit:
http://www.futureofforestry.com/

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Genre: Indie, Worship, Experimental, Christmas

This song is taken from the album Advent.

Young Oceans are a band from Trinity Church, New York City, and this album, Advent, is their second release so far. Advent, is a Christmas album but rather than focusing on the birth of Jesus and the celebrations of our Saviour’s arrival, this album looks more towards the build up of excitement prior to the events in the New Testament. This song is a beautiful atmospherical soundscape with lyrics inspired and adapted from Isaiah 40:3-4:

“Let all who hear make way
And may these hearts prepare a place
For ‘God with Us’
Will come to save
And surely He shall comfort those he loves
And so we wait.”

As a truly inspiring, reflective and alternative soundtrack for the lead up to Christmas, I highly recommend getting your mittens on this EP.

Purchase Advent from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/advent/id584484597
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/advent/id584484597

For more information about Young Oceans visit:
http://www.youngoceans.com/
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Genre: Electronica, Experimental, Indie

Paper Route are an indie rock band from Tennessee, USA. The band is comprised of J.T. Daly, Chad Howat, and Gavin McDonald. Paper Route doesn’t claim to be a Christian band but all the members are Christian. This song is taken from their 2012 album The Peace Of Wild Things, this album sees the band again experimenting with different sounds, which is especially heard on this song, Born In Love. The lyrics are short and effective but it’s the bass that carries this song for me, creating a brilliant experimental electronica song with elements of deep house/chillstep.

“I’ve seen love
Move like a river
It’s taking me away”

All rights belong to Paper Route.

Buy The Peace Of Wild Things from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/id557626496?i=557626891
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/id557626496?i=557626891

For more information on Paper Route visit:
http://paperrouteonline.com/
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Genre: Hip-Hop, Experimental

This song is taken from Beautiful Eulogy’s debut album Satellite Kites, and features additional vocals by Josh Garrels. On this track Braille and Odd Thomas speak of how God sustains us through uncertain times and always remains our anchor.
All rights belong to Beautiful Eulogy.

Beautiful Eulogy are a Hip-Hop trio signed to the Christian Hip-Hop record label Humble Beast made up of Courtland Urbano, Odd Thomas and Braille. This is their first album together but each have done work separately prior to this release. The group have since produced the new Humble Beast release, Excellent by Propaganda.

Lyrics:
(Chorus: Josh Garrels)
Anchor of my soul, You sustain
When I’m in the storm, You remain
Good to me
Good to me

(Verse 1: Braille)
When it’s a quarter past midnight
And the grey skies fade to black
The waves splash and set me off track
So my vessel might crash or collapse
When I’m attacked
And start wrestling with these bad
Memories from my past
I’m aware of my guilt, overwhelmed
And the smell of my blood has the sharks
That surround me cast under a spell
They waited for me to fall but when I fell the water got
Still
And the blood that was spilled protects me
It’s the same blood that cleansed me
My only defense against my nemesis
Now I can rest knowing that nothing can come against
Me unless the Father gives consent
Evil intentions will not disturb God’s purposes or interfere so
Who shall I fear if my Anchor is secure?
Learning to consider it pure joy when I’m facing tribulations
Praising God instead of complaining or getting overtaken with bitterness
Looking at the pages of the book of James and seeing
The ways that God works through the trials to make us more
Mature in our faith. It reminds me how desperate I am in
This desert land, thirsty for your mercy and plan while you
Give me the strength to stand. You’re my greatest pleasure,
Yeah, no matter the weather I face, Lord you never forsake,
My fragile life is safe under your sovereign grace.

(Chorus)

(Verse 2: Odd Thomas)
At some point every human looks right in the eyes of agony
And through the tragedy asks himself how can this happen to me?
You might be the type with enough insight to hold
On for your dear life but slip because your grip is not as
Tight as I might like.
You ain’t immune to it, naw, and if
You true to yourself then you ain’t new to it
Trusted in self, lusted and lured to it
So when the darkness overwhelms me
And the tide of life rises and swells “It is Well” is what compels me.
When faced with adversity your truth
Constantly reminds me that you command the seas with ease
And with words you’re turning wind to breeze. It helps me
To understand that we stand on solid rock not on sinking
Sand. Through the providence of pain you perfect your plan.
Predestined to be tested when the works and the Words of
God cooperate and educate men in the great gift of Grace
And Faith. And even though its obvious when my outlooks
Ominous you’ve bound my heart and my conscience and gave me
A constant calmness. So when the pain comes like rain from
The parts of life that maintains its strain I can put my
Trust in the hands that sustain. It’s profound that with
All these sinking ships around me, He surrounds me and he
Anchors me with his grace abounding.

(Chorus)

Anchor yourself with some good Christian Hip-Hop and buy this album off iTunes:
United Kingdom:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/satellite-kite/id530749963
United States of America:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/satellite-kite/id530749963

For more information about Beautiful Eulogy visit:
www.humblebeast.com/artists/beautiful-eulogy/

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Genre: Talk Music, Spoken Word, Experimental, Indie Hip-Hop

This song is taken from Listener’s 2010 release Wooden Heart.
All rights belong to Listener.

Listener is a talk music duo formed by Dan Smith and Christin Nelson in 2002. Their sound is hard to assign to a genre as it is a strange amalgamation of Indie Hip-Hop and Spoken Word and is unlike anything I’ve ever come across before. However, this unique blend forms a brilliant sound and you are captured by Dan’s vocals over the incredible music.

Lyrics:
WOODEN HEART (sea of mist called skaidan) 
We’re all born to broken people on their most honest day of living 
and since that first breath… We’ll need grace that we’ve never given 
I’ve been haunted by standard red devils and white ghosts 
and it’s not only when these eyes are closed 
these lies are ropes that I tie down in my stomach, 
but they hold this ship together tossed like leaves in this weather 
and my dreams are sails that I point towards my true north, 
stretched thin over my rib bones, and pray that it gets better 
but it won’t won’t, at least I don’t believe it will… 
so I’ve built a wooden heart inside this iron ship, 
to sail these blood red seas and find your coasts. 
don’t let these waves wash away your hopes 
this war-ship is sinking, and I still believe in anchors 
pulling fist fulls of rotten wood from my heart, I still believe in saviors 
but I know that we are all made out of shipwrecks, every single board 
washed and bound like crooked teeth on these rocky shores 
so come on and let’s wash each other with tears of joy and tears of grief 
and fold our lives like crashing waves and run up on this beach 
come on and sew us together, tattered rags stained forever 
we only have what we remember 

I am the barely living son of a woman and man who barely made it 
but we’re making it taped together on borrowed crutches and new starts 
we all have the same holes in our hearts… 
everything falls apart at the exact same time 
that it all comes together perfectly for the next step 
but my fear is this prison… that I keep locked below the main deck 
I keep a key under my pillow, it’s quiet and it’s hidden 
and my hopes are weapons that I’m still learning how to use right 
but they’re heavy and I’m awkward…always running out of fight 
so I’ve carved a wooden heart, put it in this sinking ship 
hoping it would help me float for just a few more weeks 
because I am made out of shipwrecks, every twisted beam 
lost and found like you and me scattered out on the sea 
so come on let’s wash each other with tears of joy and tears of grief 
and fold our lives like crashing waves and run up on this beach 
come on and sew us together, just some tattered rags stained forever 
we only have what we remember 

My throat it still tastes like house fire and salt water 
I wear this tide like loose skin, rock me to sea 
if we hold on tight we’ll hold each other together 
and not just be some fools rushing to die in our sleep 
all these machines will rust I promise, but we’ll still be electric 
shocking each other back to life 
Your hand in mine, my fingers in your veins connected 
our bones grown together inside 
our hands entwined, your fingers in my veins braided 
our spines grown stronger in time 
because are church is made out of shipwrecks 
from every hull these rocks have claimed 
but we pick ourselves up, and try and grow better through the change 
so come on yall and let’s wash each other with tears of joy and tears of grief 
and fold our lives like crashing waves and run up on this beach 
come on and sew us together, were just tattered rags stained forever 
we only have what we remember

Do your iPod justice and buy the album Wooden Heart from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/wooden-heart/id381929787
United States of America:
http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wooden-heart/id381929787

For more information about Listener visit:
www.iamlistener.com/

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