All the articles published by Josh Hamm
Luckily for you, in anticipation of their sophomore release on April 22, 2014, Penny and Sparrow have released their two previous albums on Noisetrade: 2011 EP Creatures and 2013 full length Tenboom.
You can also download the Everything EP on Noisetrade, which includes three songs from the album: “Everything’s Gonna Be Alright,” “In The Night,” and “Noises.”
There’s something beautiful in Jacob Montague’s music: he’s left me awestruck with All Creatures – Volume One. It’s simply incredible.
Jacob Montague’s “All Creatures – Volume One” is a masterpiece; a beautiful blend of Sufjan Stevens and Son Lux wrought into worshipful Psalms.
I’m very sorry to not have heard The Tale of a Broken Compass in 2013, because I want all the more time to digest what I’ve heard, and it would have undoubtedly made it on my Best Of list.
It’s deceptively simple, both musically and lyrically, but the closer you listen, you hear more layers underscoring it, until you finally decide to surrender and let yourself be caught up in it, caught off guard by the beauty of simplicity.
Copperlily, the husband and wife duo of Tim Skipper (House of Heroes) and Stephanie Smith, have finally released their debut EP. Love is a Legend is now available for people to enjoy.
Naida Lynn, a singer songwriter of Haitian descent from Florida, has just released her debut EP Ready To Fly. It’s a diverse group of songs with a pop sound, but instilled with soul and a decidedly Caribbean influence at times.
Liz Vice’s debut album, There’s A Light, released through Deeper Well yesterday, and it’s absolutely fantastic. You might recognize her voice from The Followers’ album Wounded Healer – and this album has the same neo-gospel 70s feel to it as that album, which makes sense, seeing as it’s also written by Josh White and produced by Eric Earley of Blitzen Trapper.
For the most part, 2013 has been a quiet year compared to 2012. A lot less big name releases (at least in the particular niche of Christian music I listen to), but still a fantastic year for a couple big names and a lot of amazing small independent releases. The list is not trying to be a comprehensive “Year in Review” list (I haven’t heard everything, after all) nor the objectively best albums – every pick on here was chosen…
Aaron Sprinkle has turned his impressive talents to a new genre: pop. Is it a good direction for him? Yes and no. He brings a high level of production quality and songwriting to the genre which I find refreshing, but while it’s musically superb and unique in his discography, the lyrics do suffer a drop in depth – or maybe I’m just not on the right wavelength.
Aaron Strumpel, the extremely unique and gifted artist responsible for psalm based masterpieces Elephants and Birds, has announced his new project, Bright Star. It will be his first specifically worship album since he released his two Enter the Worship Circle albums.
It’s my immense pleasure to let you know about their freshly released album: The Oh Hellos’ Family Christmas Album. It’s a large group effort, not just Maggie and Tyler Heath, and they all bring together large, soaring vocal harmonies, a folk rock sensibility, and effervescent cheer.
The Western Den bring us Christmas with a folk ambient sensibility in the Midwinter EP. It may be short, clocking in at just three songs, but it’s such beautiful music you’ll forget its length because you’ll be putting it on repeat.
Singer songwriter Josh White has just released Absolution, a compilation of songs from his days with Telecast. It’s released for free from Deeper Well Records.
Beautiful Eulogy debuts their second music video from Instruments of Mercy, check it out.
Progressive indie rockers Come Wind have put up their 2012 Gold EP for a “Name Your Price” model on their Bandcamp page. It’s a collection of acoustic versions of songs from their 2012 release Grow My Roots, as well as two unreleased demos of new songs, and a remix
Future of Forestry’s third offering in their Advent Christmas EP series is now available on iTunes.
One of those rare beasts where it’s more than beats and more than clever wordplay; you listen to it like an old radio play, sitting quietly in the dark, waiting for the next lines of the story to come.
Ambient rockers Future of Forestry have just announced that they are releasing the third volume of their popular Advent Christmas EP series, coming November 12, 2013.
The Gray Havens have only until midnight tonight to fully fundraise their new album. So far they have $22,375 raised with a goal of $25,000. If you want some more great folk-pop music, you should consider donating. You can also check out their kick off concert where they debuted some of the new songs from the album.
The longstanding alternative rock band The Choir want to release another new album (their fifteenth!), as well as a live album, and they want your help to do it.
Eshon Burgundy, part of record label Humble Beast ( Beautiful Eulogy, Propaganda ) has just released a new mix tape: For God’s Sake. Check it out.
Listen to one of America’s greatest songwriters as Bill Mallonee releases another album, Future Hymns for the New Idolatry.
I was fortunate enough to be able to have a lengthy interview with Andy Zipf over email. We discuss everything from why he has changed his name to The Cowards Choir and his song writing process to whether or not Deckard from Blade Runner is a replicant. We had a great conversation, I hope you enjoy it.
Andy Zipf, now going by The Cowards Choir, has made something beautiful with Reunion. This is an album to be cherished, don’t pass it up.