Okay, so this morning I posted an album on Facebook that has been on my playlist lately that there was a decent chance most people weren’t listening to, and it kind of reminded me of my “This music is not mainstream” posts, which ironically featured some blog posts about artists that are now mainstream like Gungor and Rend Collective. Anyway, here’s the music that’s sitting on my playlist right now. I’ll try to include a place to listen like Spotify or Bandcamp, but as usual, if you like their music, support the artist by purchasing their album!
Robbie Seay Band – Psalms LP
In both Colossians and Ephesians, Paul tells us to sing “Psalms, Hymns and Spiritual Songs.” If we’re all being honest with ourselves, we tend to neglect the first of those three. Sure, we read Psalms, but we don’t sing them a lot. Once upon a time, there were Psalters that had settings of all of the Psalms to music. The use of the Psalter has fallen by the wayside, and so has the singing of Psalms. There are a couple of projects and artists that have recorded Psalms, but the Robbie Seay Band has focused their latest album to be devoted entirely to setting Psalms to music. And what a wonderful album is the result! You can listen to the whole thing on Spotify or buy on Amazon.
Sojourn Church – New Again
Always a favorite group of mine, Sojourn just released their latest album, New Again. Another solid album from Sojourn. Highlights from the album include Let Justice Roll and their version of the Bifrost Arts setting of Psalm 126. You can listen to and buy the album on Bandcamp.
Rend Collective – The Art of Celebration
I have enjoyed all of the Rend Collective albums, and this is no exception. Plus Isaac and I love to play and sing Simplicity at the piano together, so Daddy/Son bonding time happens as a result of this album. You can listen on Spotify or buy on Amazon.
Songbird at Midnight – Amanda Noel
When we had a son, the name we agreed on was Isaac. It wasn’t the whole reason, but a part of his name is after Isaac Watts. When we found out we were having a girl, I lobbied hard for Fanny, but for some unknown reason, Jodie just wouldn’t go for it….
I just added this to my playlist recently, so I haven’t listened a ton, but what I have, I really like. She’s got a bit of a bluegrass sound (which I like). Jodie perked right up and loved her version of All the Way My Savior Leads Me. You can listen on Spotify or buy from Amazon.
The Great God and His Great Story – Brooks Hills Music
I’ve posted this lots of times before on Facebook, but I’ll just put it up again because it’s just that good. Let’s be honest, children’s music drives me batty. This album is a children’s album that doesn’t drive me batty. The kids love it and sing along with all of the songs on it. I really can’t recommend it to parents highly enough. That said, there is no way to listen to this album without purchasing it, so trust me and buy it on Amazon, or drop by the office sometime for a listen!
Swallowed Up Death – Coram Deo Church
I’ve been listening to David Potter for a couple of years now, and since he moved to Coram Deo Church, they have released two albums. This is the second album that was released recently. For some odd reason, Jodie’s brain shuts off when she hears the start of this album, so I guess it’s not for everyone, but with this album, you get a great sound and great lyrics. Highlights of the album for me are Swallowed Up Death and When He Comes. You can listen to and buy the album on Bandcamp.
Open Your Doors – Jenny & Tyler
Are you all listening to Jenny & Tyler? Why not? Go listen to Jenny & Tyler. This isn’t their latest album (there is an all covers album that is newer), but this is their latest album of all original music. There’s a nice setting of Psalm 86 on here also. Go listen on Spotify or buy the album.
Yours Alone – CityAlight
I’ve just started listening to this album, but it’s a really good album. They sound a little like Hillsong or Jesus Culture, but without all of the prosperity gospel baggage and CityAlight builds songs on the strength of the words rather than musically building with repetition. That said, there are a lot of really good songs on here. Don’t be shocked if you find yourself singing some of these songs on Sunday mornings…. One gripe, you can’t stream the album anywhere, so you pretty much just have to buy it. You can hear some of the tracks on their YouTube page though, so you might start there!
Bonus Album | He Will Not Cry Out – Bifrost Arts
This one is hit and miss for me. There are tracks I really, really love on here, and there are tracks that I really, really don’t love on here. That said, watch for their version of Psalm 46 sometime in the future, along with their setting of Psalm 126 that Sojourn covered on the album mentioned above. You can listen and buy on Bandcamp.