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Taken from his debut EP ‘The Beautiful’, the extremely talented Tyler Batts creates an impressive sound topped off beautifully with the powerful anthemic vocals on the chorus of this single ‘To The Very End’.

For more info on Tyler Batts visit:
http://www.tylerbattsmusic.com/
https://www.facebook.com/tylerbattsmusic
https://twitter.com/tylerbatts

Purchase ‘To The Very End’ from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-beautiful-ep/id976184253
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-beautiful-ep/id976184253

Lyrics:
If I leave here would you go with me
Where nobody can find, we can run and hide
From the shadow of the devils tree
Jump with me let’s take a dive

To the deep deep blue
To the deep deep
To the deep deep

I feel like Falling
To the deep deep blue
Where our fears are far away
Just me and you yeah
Falling
To the deep deep
Where we can breathe again
I’ll love you till the very end

I won’t let them take your soul
I’m gonna fight for your life, I will fight
Take my hand and don’t let go
Out of the dark and into the light

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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: Indie, Worship, Hymn, Rock

Pacific Gold are back with their ‘repurposed hymns’ after crowd funding their project through the website KickStarter, as well as their new name (they were FKA Wayfarer) they also return with a beautifully refined, and well rounded sound that helps makes their hymns so distinct.

For more info on Pacific Gold visit:
http://www.pacific-gold.com/

This track is not yet released 🙂

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Genre: Rock, Acoustic with Folk elements

From the five-piece, Wisconsin band The Dust Of Men, this is the title track from the subtle masterpiece and debut album ‘What The Morning Shows’.
For more info on The Dust Of Men visit:
http://thedustofmen.com/

Lyrics:
Devastation
Oh, this house been laid low
Every window been cracked, and I’ve tried
But I just can’t keep out the coldDesperation
Oh, this soul been laid low
All of these changes that I can’t afford
That I can’t ignore

It’s not over now
Lift your eyes to the dawn
Oh, it’s comin’ on

A light has come
To this house that crumbled to the ground
And the morning shows
There’s still hope

Sweet consolation
Bringin’ that comfort to my soul
Let this heart be unbroken in ways
That I’ve never known, oh, but now I can know

It’s not over now
Lift your eyes to the dawn
It’s comin’ onOh, a light has come
To this house that crumbled to the ground
And the morning shows
There’s still hope

All of these bones, so tired and worn
All of my memories are burned out and torn
But that light kept comin’ on
And all of my memories are of beauty now
The beauty of light, pourin’ into every room of this house
Shinin’ all that darkness out

Oh, a light has come
To this house that crumbled to the ground
And the morning shows
Oh, it shows
A light has come
To this house that crumbled to the ground
And the morning shows
There’s still hope

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United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/what-the-morning-shows/id740704362
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/what-the-morning-shows/id740704362Follow The Good Christian Music Blog on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TheGCMblog

Genre: Indie, Rock, Worship

Taken from Kings Kaleidoscope forthcoming album “Becoming Who We Are”, this track is a brilliant heavy, upbeat worship tune about reaching Heaven.

For more info on Kings Kaleidoscope visit:
http://www.kingskaleidoscope.com/

Pre-order “Becoming Who We Are” to download ‘I Know’:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/becoming-who-we-are/id923030577
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/becoming-who-we-are/id923030577

Lyrics:
Every day at dusk I chase the sunset, sunset
Looking for a glimpse of Heaven’s skies
I’ve been given a taste for something
That nothing in this world can satisfy
But I know that a time is coming
When I will be in glorious delight

I know I will run through Heaven’s brilliant streets of gold
Shouting “Hallelujah, Christ alone!”
I know I will dance and sing and bow before the throne
This I know! Oh oh!

Every day at dawn I chase the sunrise, sunrise
Looking for a hint of Heaven’s light
I’ve been given a taste for something
That nothing in this world can satisfy
But I know that a time is coming
When I will be in glorious delight

I know I will run through Heaven’s brilliant streets of gold
Shouting “Hallelujah, Christ alone!”
I know I will dance and sing and bow before the throne
This I know! Oh oh!

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Dear Listener,

It’s been a busy year! Our audience has increased hugely – the YouTube channel now has over 12,000 Subscribers and total video views currently stands at 1.5 million! Amongst the growth though with some help from friends and family I’ve been in touch with more artists to bring you another free summer mixtape and here it is.

It’s not as long as last years, at just 11 tracks but I’d rather deliver a shorter mixtape of top quality music than fill it with anything I could get permission for!

Like last years mixtape I hope you are introduced to new artists through this compilation. I’ve come to know some of these artists really well whilst putting this together and by speaking to them throughout the year and I can honestly say there are some great people featured on this album who truly worship Christ with everything that they have to give. So, check out the poster that’s included and get in touch with the artists’ through Facebook and Twitter etc. and tell them how much you appreciate their music, knowing these guys most of them will probably even find the time to reply to you! (Then go download the rest of their work!)

Be encouraged by their music, share it with friends not just because you secretly hope they’ll become Christians through it but because it’s simply a collection of great music! Enjoy the diverse mix of genres, the different ways that people praise God and the different stories people have to tell.

My prayer this year is for this mixtape to spread further than before, to reach Christians throughout the world who need encouraging, Christians who wish there was great music for a great God, Christians who need a new song to sing and soundtrack to dance to.

A huge thanks to all the artists involved, for supporting the blog and the work I do and wanting to be part of this small but influential mixtape.

And finally thanks to you the listener for the continued support to both the blog and the artists we feature, whether it’s simply by liking a link on Facebook, sharing the blog with friends or donating money so that we can give more copies of the mixtape away. Thank you for making this possible.


In Christ,
Stephen Bradley,
TheGoodChristianMusicBlog.com


Genre: Experimental, Indie, Rock, Singer/Songwriter

Experimental/Indie artist WASHA releases his second single Eyes. Brilliantly layering indie infused guitars to build a powerful wall of sound sweetened by his light vocals.

Download ‘Eyes’ from NoiseTrade:
http://noisetrade.com/washa/the-bright

For more info on WASHA visit:
https://www.facebook.com/washamusic

Photography by Kristian Karlsson:
http://krillekarlsson.tumblr.com/

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Genre: Indie, Rock, Experimental, Singer/Songwriter

Explained in WASHA’s own words:
“2013 was the hardest year I have ever faced, and it was almost over before any of the seeds God had planted could come to fruition. All my life I lived cloaked in an overwhelming sense of darkness. That was the norm for me. It was natural, everyday life. I thought it was something I had to adjust to and deal with as I become older. It wasn’t until I realized for myself that I didn’t have to live that way that I was able to understand. It took a personal realization from the Lord for everything to connect. That there was a light that could pierce every dark. And it was the maturity of that realization that enabled me to become set free of the bondage the enemy had on me. It was like waking up from a long dream; being uncovered after living blanketed for so long. I thoroughly believe that DEPRESSION is not a natural element of nature, but a perversion of God’s gift of love. I was at a crossroads: fall victim to the enemy’s will for my life, or overcome my lifelong struggle and claim victory over my life through the Lord. Without God’s love, I would not be alive today. We don’t have to live in darkness, because He has already overcome. And so I live as a portrait of what Christ has done in my life. this is my testimony. This is my life. This is Child.”

Lyrics:
Fell through the cracks
burnt there and back

Dark built from lungs
fate overcome

I was a child in my skin,
there is a man somewhere within.

Light floods the dark
fill, grateful heart

Yearn, thirst for love
death, overcome

I was a child in my skin,
there is man somewhere within.

Download ‘Child’ from NoiseTrade:
http://www.noisetrade.com/washa/child-single

For more info on WASHA visit:
https://www.facebook.com/washamusic

Photography by Dominik Martin:
http://dominikmartin.co/

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Genre: Acoustic, Progressive Rock, Indie, Worship

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/

Photography by Shuji Moriwaki:
https://www.flickr.com/photos/shujimoriwaki
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Genre: Rock, Indie, Jazz, Worship

Having left Mars Hill Music back in 2013, the worship group Kings Kaleidoscope now sign over to the brilliantly named Bad Christian Music label. That’s right, we are literally featuring Bad Christian Music on The Good Christian Music Blog! Their first release since the 2012 Christmas EP Joy Has Dawned, this new EP, Live In Color features 5 new original songs and a revamped version of the hymn Be Thou My Vision.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o6lLYpIUOmY
Kings Kaleidoscope – Fix My Eyes

This track, ‘Felix Culpa’ sees the 10 piece band utilise their brass section to full effect by injecting their Indie Rock Worship with a high dose of Jazz that fully breaks in towards the end of the track. As if the catchy guitar riff wasn’t enough to make this an eligible best worship song of 2014, the lyrics brilliantly show the singer wrestling with God in prayer over his own sin to the extent of “fighting to be God” (Exodus 20:3) and the grace shown in Christ. Until the studio version comes, this track is a diamond in need of a little polishing, though even as it is, it’s rare to come across a song this musically brilliant as well as lyrically creative and biblical.

Lyrics:
Turn the lights on, look at what I have
See the twisted trophies of a dead man
Countless stories, tell of sin and pain
But they sing the sweetness of my savior’s grace

I’m a torn man, spirit fighting flesh
There’s a battle raging deep in my chest
But all that haunts me, all that leaves a stain
Only sings the sweetness of my savior’s grace

A fortunate fall, my sins are stories of grace to recall
A fortunate fall, I glory in my sins forgiven

Jesus bought me, and now I am His
Dying with Him, in His death I now live
All my vices, to which I’ve been chained
Only speak the sweetness of my savior’s grace

And still I’m a wicked, wretched man, I do everything I hate
I am fighting to be god, I see the and claw and thrash and shake
I have killed and stacked the dead, on a throne from which I reign
In the end I just want blood, and with His blood my hands are stained

See the God who reigns on high, He has opened His own veins
From His wounds a rushing torrent that can wash it all away

Grace upon grace, upon grace upon grace
Grace..

Purchase the Live In Color EP from iTunes:
United Kingdom:
https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/live-in-color-ep/id840779079
United States of America:
https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/live-in-color-ep/id840779079

For more info on Kings Kaleidoscope visit:
http://www.kingsklive.com/

Photography by Fusion-Of-Horizons:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/fusion_of_horizons/7872381468/
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