If you were to attempt to look online through the various music applications for new or upcoming music, you would get lost. Literally and totally. The music scene seems to be at a blurring pace of new releases every single half-second (slight exaggeration, only slight). It would be exhausting for any one of us to attempt to stay “in the know” for what is both creatively and theologically inspiring out there. So, let’s help one another!
I’d love to share some of the stuff I’ve been stirred and inspired by in the past several months – and I fully hope that you will share any new stuff you’ve discovered via commenting below. Here are the latest bands I’ve enjoyed, in no particular order of preference:
- Young Oceans – “Advent”. This indie-ish band seems to thrive with pulling older texts and putting them to new and very fresh music. My favorite track: “My All In Thee”.
- West Coast Revival – “All That Thrills My Soul”. The Baird family has a long history in worship song writing. Dad, Lynn, who is a pastor at the Sovereign Grace church in Pasadena, California, has written for decades with his most well-known song being “He Has Made Me Glad”, one we’ve all likely belted out at some point in the past. His sons, Jonathan and Ryan, and daughter, Meghan, have carried this torch in recent years with their talents and writing. Just this past month, the Baird siblings came out with an EP under their band name: West Coast Revival. Much to say about the quality of this project and the spirit behind it. My favorite track is this gorgeous acoustic number (drawn from the Gospel of John, first and third chapters) – “In the Beginning”.
- Vicksburg – “We’ve a Story”. This band does a fine job working out of the folkier shades of rock. They clearly have gospel burdens in their songwriting, and the title track says it all: “We’ve a story to tell to the nations that shall turn their hearts to the right/It’s a story of truth, a story of mercy, a story of peace and life”.
- The City Harmonic – “I Have A Dream (It Feels Like Home)”. This band is aiming at the arena/epic rock scene. Good production and a lot of guitar work. Standout: “Holy (Wedding Day)” – seriously, this song is a contender for actually becoming a Sunday morning worship song, it’s that good. Check out the video below of this song.
Please – comment below with your own discoveries!