In his song “Day By Day”, Andrew Peterson described Christians as “children of eternity, on the run from entropy” — a simple phrase that captures the tension of living as redeemed children of God in a world of brokenness; of the state of being already and not yet home. It’s the letting go and and finding new of growing up, and it’s the hunger for a world we’ve only caught whispers of.
That’s the struggle Peterson addresses with both seriousness and hope throughout his latest album, Light for the Lost Boy. He does a marvelous job through out, and proves himself again as one of Christian music’s best songwriters, as he deals with mystery and time, offering light for the lost and found. I think it’s safe to say the best song of the bunch is the album’s exceptional closer, the epic “Don’t You Want to Thank Someone” – a song that captures the paradox of brokenness and beauty that life is composed of.
You can pick up a free sampler from the album on NoiseTrade that includes 5 album tracks (including “Don’t You Want to Thank Someone”), 5 songs from the acoustic Lost Boy Demos, and a Paul Simon-influenced b-side called “Break It All the Way”. Light for the Lost Boy was debatably the best Christian album to be released last year, and this is a great introduction to it, and to the rest of Andrew Peterson’s exceptional catalog. Grab the sampler here, and get ready to experience a genuinely poetic, beautiful collection of songs.
Jesus Freak Hideout has kindly posted Red’s ballad “Hold Me Now,” a highlight track off of the new record Release the Panic, for a free download. Nothing surprising here – just a simple, straightforward ballad from one of Christian rock’s biggest bands.
Lamps and Voids (formally under the name One38) has been steadily cementing its name in the indie rock/worship scene since its inception, playing with standouts like Seabird and Mosteller and even landing a slot at Ichthus 2012.
Now, with a new recording in the making, the band has already revealed “Bellwether Sessions,” a live performance of three, original tracks that will (hopefully) be featured on an official release. “Noise,” the first track from Bellwether Sessions, can now be downloaded for free on Lamps & Voids’ very own bandcamp. I suggest everyone take advantage of the offer… you’ll enjoy it, I promise.
Filled with incessant banjo strumming and upright bass plucking, the alt-country, bluegrassy record by Brett Detar features roots at an incredibly impressive level. Despite Detar’s genre shift, Bird in the Tangle is proof this musician knows what he’s doing. Thankfully, with a free download of the album through Noisetrade, you’ll be able to listen for yourself.
You may not know much about electronic music in the Christian arena (I certainly don’t), but it is there. Introducing several of the artists within the genre is Indie Vision Music’s Sines of the Times Vol. 1, a free, electronic/pop compilation by Chris Works. The 14-song download is a great way to become more acquainted with a unique yet largely ignored sector of Christian music.