All-music episode featuring (in order) Backstage Revival, Bringing Home, Gold Frankincense & Myrrh, Rachel Wilhelm, and Shelly Moore.. Continue reading Cephas Hour
Release Date: June 15, 2021
Commentary on Psalm 103 and a common misconception surrounding depression. Continue reading Cephas Hour
Release Date: June 3, 2021
Commentary on not much of anything, instead letting the music do the talking. Continue reading Cephas Hour
Release Date: May 20, 2021
Commentary on the rapidly fading art of storytelling in song, faith rooted in the fundamentals, and fighting when fighting is required. Continue reading Cephas Hour
Release Date: May 13, 2021
Commentary on jubilee, God not caring what color skin and/or plumbing your have, Psalm 42, and fighting depression. Continue reading Cephas Hour
Release Date: April 29, 2021
Commentary on death, the false gospel of CRT, and the real problem of whataboutism. Continue reading Cephas Hour
Release Date: April 23, 2021
Not a lot of chatter in this mostly acoustic outing; letting the artists do the talking. Continue reading Cephas Hour
Release Date: April 16, 2021
True art distinguishes itself from even quality art in how it evokes different reactions at different times. The same work can at one moment be politely noted and quickly set aside, with the next marked by shattering power and sweep, utterly gripping via its provided portal to its creators hearts and heads ultimately pointing to the ultimate Creator. Such is the case with Deep Cuts, the new album by veteran Christian alt rockers The Choir.
The Choir’s stock in trade has long been atmospheric fusion of dissonance and resolution; straightforward yet unsimplistic tunesmithing weaving guitarist/vocalist Derri Daugherty’s colors and melody with drummer/lyricist Steve Hindalong’s multifaceted musings on life and faith plus Dan Michael’s textured woodwinds. Deep Cuts is no different in this regard than previous Choir outings, although it bears noting the ethereal elements are more prominent this time through than on the previous Bloodshot.
What clicks on Deep Cuts is how it takes the by now familiar and makes it utterly new. The melodies are solid; the backing treatments enhancing without overpowering the fundamental tunes. Lyrically Hindalong mines relationships with God and man alongside human frailty. Morose never, thoughtful always. The album has a late night vibe; art perfectly suited for contemplation and remembrance of what was mixed with acknowledgement of what is and will be.
In a perfect world, Deep Cuts would be presented by the band to arenas packed with grateful fellowshippers. It won’t be, of course. True art seldom receives mass acclaim. But for the fortunate few who’ve caught the vision, Deep Cuts is a cut far, far above the norm.
The album is available from the band’s website.