Author: Casey Gallenberger
September 14, 2020
“It’s waking up into a bad dream with a good God.” Something about this line is irresistibly compelling to me. Maybe it’s the literal nightmares I’ve been having lately. Maybe it’s the chaos of the current election cycle where any and every event is blown out of proportion or warped to dehumanize the “other”.… Continued →
September 13, 2020
If you like John Mark McMillan or John Van Deusen, the honestly and careful wordplay of Andy Squyres will surely feel familiar. Today is the Lord’s day and we are called to rest in Him, but our fallen, chaotic world burdens us and keeps us from this rest.… Continued →
September 11, 2020
For seasons in my life, I’ve found myself as a professional designer. But even outside of that, I’ve been pursuing hobbies in video and photography for some years. In high school, I did pixel art for a few games (which never launched, RIP).… Continued →
September 10, 2020
We’re building a playlist of indie Christian artists, and we know plenty of you are putting out music of your own. Your task is simple – drop one of your songs in the comments with a short blurb about it. We’ll add it to our new playlist and might also feature you on our “Song of the Day” series.… Continued →
September 9, 2020
Sam Ule (the moniker of Samuel Schmidt) is in an Indiana-based songwriter fresh off the press with his debut single. “Paint” glistens piano-pop sensibility, the kind of song that feels theatrical and upbeat. Sam Ule draws comparisons to Jason Mraz and Jon Bellion, making use of careful electro-acoustic arrangements that are warm and captivating.… Continued →
September 8, 2020
Disclaimer: Opinions are my own and do not reflect all of the IVM staff. Orthodoxy isn’t cool, and non-Christians make better music than Christians. Now, I don’t seriously believe this – but it may as well be the mission statement underlying most formerly-professing-Christian artists.… Continued →
September 7, 2020
Consider the Thief may be defunct for over a decade, but their eponymous Signs and Wonders still stands as a captivating, experimental work that blends Water-era Thrice with the band’s own flavor of post-hardcore. While the whole album is solid, The “Lost Son” is a great starting point for new listeners.… Continued →
September 4, 2020
Boreas is far from a gentle, stereotypical winter-themed release. It has been tested by negative-degree temperatures. It has been refined in a viking furnace. It sees the Heaths adorned in makeshift bear pelt armor ready for battle. The Oh Hellos may have been in hibernation, but they've woken up roaring.
September 3, 2020
September 2, 2020
I remember my first encounter with John Lucas – his eponymous A Thousand Cathedrals feels like it’s from a different era now, as he’s has gone from an under-the-radar act to boasting almost a quarter-million monthly listeners on Spotify. Though he plays only a handful of shows a year, his music is making the rounds.… Continued →
September 1, 2020
We’ve put together a “coffee house” vibes playlist featuring smaller acoustic acts and larger chamber pop groups. Examples include Josh Garrels, Tow’rs, and Future of Forestry – but there are a lot of up and coming and independent artists thrown into the mix as well.… Continued →
August 14, 2020
August 12, 2020
Kevin Schlereth is a certified dude. His existence strides the line between nomadic and genius. He sports a bushy mustaches and wears dad hats and red shorts. Along with compatriot Jay Costlow, and with the rest of the Schlereth clan in tow, this musical collective is rarely in stasis (save for the past few months).… Continued →
July 27, 2020
Kevin Schlereth has become a bit of a household (or more appropriately, house show) name over the past couple years due to his relentless touring, his intimate songs, and his community-based approach to music. Alembic, an archaic word referring two connected vessels, is an appropriate title for this forthcoming collection of songs.… Continued →
July 23, 2020
Pilgrims is the new moniker of songwriter and composer Timothy Mann (formerly known as gdansk). This time around, Mann’s lyrics are more spiritually driven, his compositions more spacious, and his posture more vulnerable. “Motherless Sons”, the project’s debut single, sees Mann highlight his film-score sensibilities collide with the gentleness of worship and lament.… Continued →
July 16, 2020
In spite of its title, Imbalances feels balanced lyrically, melodically, rhythmically, and spiritually. It's an incredibly impressive album that feels so fresh and unique compared to most modern bands. It's artful but not pretentious. McCaw speaks with both wisdom and humility. The songs flow dynamically but it always feels natural. If you're a fan of complex bluesy prog-rock then this album definitely deserves a listen.
July 11, 2020
July 6, 2020
Before American Arson and Speak Low If You Speak Love, Good Luck Varsity was paving the way with their unique take on pop-punk. What most fans don’t know is that there are a couple releases prior to the eponymous Thrones EP, and now you can listen to them all on Spotify.… Continued →
July 2, 2020
Evan Maines, formerly of StateBirds, has resurfaced with a solo track for you to enjoy. It’s bluesy, relaxed, and soulful. Check it out below. … Continued →
Mo(u)rning is a very middle-of-the-road release. Its pop sensibilities give it a bit of a vanilla flavor - you probably won't dislike it, but it won't be your first pick, either. It's inoffensive; its subject matter is commonplace.
July 1, 2020
It'd be an understatement to say A Line in the Sand is highly-anticipated. Many IVM readers have supported the band since their inception, and our vicarious connection here has culminated to something truly exciting. This is the kind of album we deserve from American Arson - one that balances the best of their catalog with a insatiable hunger for growth. It's a lyrically-bold album which never obfuscates what it's trying to say. And while it takes a few listens to take everything in, A Line in the Sand is an ambitious debut LP that will not disappoint.
May 16, 2020
RIYL: Attalus, The Classic Crime, Cool Hand Luke, classic Emery
April 24, 2020
The much-beloved punk rock duo American Arson is back and set to bring their Facedown Records debut LP to the world. A Line In The Sand officially hits shelves 7/3, but the band has dropped their lead single, “Unbreakable”, to help whet your appetite in the meantime.… Continued →
March 22, 2020
DENS have released a behemoth of a concept album that solidifies them as one of the hottest upcoming bands on the Facedown roster.
Facedown alumni and post-metal juggernauts A Hope For Home are teasing new material (about time), but in the meantime, they’ve made their independently-released debut available on Bandcamp. This is a band that personally has been hugely influential and Realis is one of my favorite albums of all time, so I’m very excited to see what’s to come.… Continued →
February 22, 2020
Second to Safety's second album presents an intricate narrative in the form of nine genre-defying tracks.
February 9, 2020
Second to Safety will release "Esther" on 2/28 - check out the lead single here!
Minneapolis-based Author have been a bit quiet since the release of IIFOIIC but they’ve resurfaced with a slightly different lineup and a consequent change in sound. “Blur” deviates from the art-pop stylings of its predecessor, as well as the ambient-styled indie flavor of earlier releases.… Continued →
January 5, 2020
Here are my top 10 releases for 2019.