Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bethel Music: The Loft Sessions

To imagine a group with such great talent and seemingly endless creativity seems to be the essence of this new Bethel project. Bundle this in with a laid back atmosphere of what I think of as a “loft” implied by “The Loft Project” and what do you get; an excellent blend of worship music. Music suited for a more intimate search of the One who created all things is what this project inspires me to do.

If a laid-back yet engaging worship album is what you are looking for, here it is.  The Loft sessions has more of an organic feeling to it in general compared to the more electronic feel that some of their other albums include. I love hearing the incorporation of the banjo and such bluegrass-like and even classical instruments into today’s worship music. I have noticed many such instruments being used by groups such as Gungor and the Rend Collective. Hearing the sounds of undiluted instruments and organic sounds being mixed in with unadulterated worship music make my soul happy.

Hearing undefiled worship, and even just looking on worship music with the most pure mindset may also help with that. I suppose this is part of what the Lord meant when He said, “…unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven” Matthew 18:3-4 (ESV). Without this childlike mentality, I believe it is impossible to receive the full worship experience of the God and Creator of all things.

The most favored track of mine on this album would be Fall Afresh. I found it particularly easy to enter into the atmosphere of worship with this song. The line “…Pour through the caverns of my soul, pouring me to overflow…” particularly struck a chord in my soul. Letting His Spirit move through every fiber of my life is my hearts desire. To hear that echoed by other writers brings me great joy.

I am happy to hear these sincere messages of hope being published in this topsy-turvy  world in which we live. To have the message of the Gospel being spread through music, give the church of today a breath of fresh air so to speak. Knowing that His truth is being carried to all nations through the art of music is amazing and with groups such as Bethel leading the way, I look to a brighter future.

-Reviewed by Tyler Cummings

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