Your Summer Soundtrack 2: Karla Adolphe

Here is the second installment for my “Your Summer Soundtrack” series. Hoping this enriches your music collection for your new summer season…

Karla Adolphe is an incredible artist who has now created her best work yet. Working with producers David Wilton (you’ll be hearing quite a bit from that name as the weeks go on.. ha!) and Latifa Phillips, Karla has captured something that is so overwhelmingly beautiful here.

The album is called “Honeycomb Tombs” and is a collection of songs Karla wrote about grief, after a close friend of hers lost a loved one.

Track to track this CD keeps moving along, high-lighting Karla’s incredible voice and surprising the listener with great instrumentation at each turn. Creative and ear-arresting instrumentation mind you. But it never feels like it goes to that realm of “oh, they tried to hard there” or “they are just trying to be different”. It just keeps coming back to one word for me… Beautiful. And given the subject matter- grief and dealing with loss- it’s such a powerful and promising contrast. It breathes hope and resurrection into that deep and difficult season….

Here is the single from the album for you to listen to called “Flying Low”. The ENTIRE ALBUM is available for FREE at the link above! Enjoy.

Your Summer Soundtrack 1: Andrew Rottner

If you’re like myself, you are always looking for great music that stirs your ears, creativity and soul. I’m going to be sharing over the next few weeks several albums that are most likely underground for most of us. I’ve stumbled upon this gold and I wanted to share it as we head into the great season of summer- with our windows down and systems playing, I hope some of these artists make it into your May/June/July /etc playlists.

For my first entry, this is a project I’ve meant to write about for sometime. It’s a beautiful, nuanced, Americana-style album by Andrew Rottner called “The Fuller’s Soap”. It’s pitch perfect for summer porch, evening listening.

It was recorded by the wizard-like producer David Wilton in Lafayette and the instruments are so much fun to identify- hammond organ, subtle female back up vocals, stand-up bass… It’s such a well-orchestrated sound. Warm, inviting and moving.

And Andrew’s lyric content is honest and spiritual. I found myself connecting in great ways to the stories he is telling.

Below is my favorite song on the album, here for you to listen to. A song about how the ingesting of wickedness and stiff-religion can leave you wanting more, but just end up as deadly, addictive substances for your soul. It sounds heavy, but just listen how he treats the subject!

You can find out more about Andrew at Enjoy!

“Between Alive and Dead” by Andrew Rottner

New Album: “Potomac” Due Out August 2012 and the New Site

A new website and a new album- spring is getting pretty fresh around here.

The new website was designed by Kyle Steed, who also did the album artwork for my “Enter the Worship Circle: Chair and Microphone vol 4″. He’s an amazing designer and a great friend, even if he never takes my culinary suggestions at restaurants. (I tell him the waffles are amazing here, he orders the toast. He is, boldly, his own man.)

My hope is this new site will be a place of discovery. I’ll share the things that I’m uncovering in life and are inspiring to me- new music from myself and other artists, thoughts on God and the gathering of worship, and overall anything and everything that moves me. I hope it moves you too.

And the first thing I’m extremely excited by? As I’m writing, music is being mixed and fine-tuned by David Wilton in the other room (producer who’s worked with Josh Garrels, Trace Bundy, Aaron Strumpel, Karla Adolphe, etc. I love Dave.) The album should be completed in the next few days, as it’s in its last stages.

I’ve named it “Potomac” and it is a collection of songs I’ve written (and one from A. Strumpel) paired with American Spirituals. Here now are the track listings (subject to change!):

“Twenty-Three/ Trouble So Hard”

“Jaw/ God’s Gonna Cut You Down”

“Sing Your Song Over Me/ Do Lord, Remember Me”

“Keep Being Found/ Down by the Riverside/ Wade in the Water”

“Not Scared Here/ Swing Low”

“Everything is New/ Battle Hymn of the Republic”

“Let Us Break Bread Together”

So yes, “mash-ups” if you’re familiar with Glee.

You’ll be hearing more in regards to my thoughts, heart, stories along-side, etc dealing with this album in the next few months. It’s been a journey to make, and it will be a joy and honor to share.