This Review first appeared in the October Edition of The Uniting Church Newspaper Revive. I forgot to post it the Blog until now.
If you’ve ever wondered what it might sound like if Sufan Stevens (hipster singer song writer) took over the music at church and reinterpreted some old hymns, then this album is worth checking out. The title is a nod to the laid back acoustic style of musicians like Stevens, Iron and Wine or Angus and Julia Stone (so, despite the name “Indie” it’s the kind of music a grandmother would be happy to hear).
The album is sumptuously recorded almost exclusively with acoustic instruments. There are no drums or percussion, adding to the soft relaxed feel. If you’re a church musician, Indie Hymnal is a great resource.
As a listening album, however, it’s probably not one I will be returning to regularly. The vocal and musical performance is just a bit too clinical. There are no guitars strummed louder than they should be and the vocals communicate a sense of reverence for the material but lack the sense of conviction or struggle you might hear in a David Bazan rendition.