Downtempo Indie Worship band Loud Harp are back after successfully crowdfunding their second album, titled ‘Asaph’. As the band themselves write, they now have a new focus with their music, “no longer songs from the bottom of the pit, these are the songs of a people ascending the hill of the Lord.” The familiar chilled, progressive acoustic sounds of these worshippers remains, but now perfected with extra subtleties in their compositions; with the centrepiece of the album being these two tracks that start as an instrumental that builds in to a meditative chant in the second song (121) I Lift My Eyes.
Lyrics: I lift my eyes to the hills My help comes from You
You never sleep, you’re watching me My constant help in trouble.
I set my eyes on I fix my gaze on I set my life on You
Loud Harp’s ‘Asaph’ will be released on the 8th, when it is available we will post a link
For more info on Loud Harp visit: http://www.loudharp.com/
Coming from Sweden, Ecovillage is a two man band who create experimental/electronica/psychadelic music. After forming in 2006 the band has now released two albums, the latest of which is named ‘With Fragile Wings We Reach The Sun’. It’s on that album that you will find this truly pleasant strings interlude that will calm any busy soul.
Signed to the Illect Recordings label, Imperial is a producer from the U.K. heavily influenced by the golden era of hip-hop. In his own bio, he speaks about being introduced to Hip-Hop by the old-school style group Jurassic 5, and it’s clear from a track like this that those beats inspire him in his own production. Apparently there’s currently a full length instrumental album in the works from Imperial, but until then I recommend heading over to the Illect Recordings bandcamp and listen to his other releases.
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!
This song is taken from Linford Detweiler’s 2004 album Unspoken Requests.
Linford Detweiler is one half of Over The Rhine and has released three solo albums, all instrumental. This track, is the opening track to his third album, Unspoken requests and it sets the perfect tone for the rest of the album. This song is so beautifully enchanting, and it makes a great companion to prayer times. A truly wonderful piece of music.
Parachute Band are a worship band from New Zealand who have been together since 2007.
This song comes from Parachute Band’s double album Matins : Vespers, the song Consecrate is taken from the second half of the album, Vespers. The album is referring to the canonical hours of traditional churches. Matins being the ‘morning songs’ and Vespers being the ‘evening prayers’. This second album really drew me in as it is entirely instrumental and (as the name suggests) is a brilliant accompaniment to quiet prayer times as the music is calm, quiet, peaceful and doesn’t distract.