New Music Spotlight: someonebrave

Here is some new music from West Plains, MO from a band named someonebrave! The track below is a single from their upcoming self-titled album. The LP to set to release on October 1, 2017.

Brent Holt is a Christian, prophetic songwriter with a firm technical grasp of the piano and the guitar. Each song is a soundscape in-and-of itself. The entire album is a thick arrangement of soaring vocals and harmonies, melodic piano and synth, ear-tickling guitar, fat bass, and organic, roomy drums. I would consider this as much a melodic rock album as a Christian album.

 Brent Holt, songwriter, vocalist, guitarist

Brent Holt, songwriter, vocalist, guitarist

Their sound reminds me of mid-2000's Coldplay (if they wrote a worship album). Regardless of your faith, the imagery the music and lyrics of this album invoke are truly marvelous. Each part of the arrangement is intentional, no part of this album exists for the sake of existing. To Rule And Reign is my favorite song on the album; not only does it speak to my faith, the music is jaw-dropping. The way the piano and vocals soar over the bass and drums is striking.

 Nate laying down some bass.

Nate laying down some bass.

Brandon Worley, the drummer on the album, knocked out almost every song in one take. He's what we call a "unicorn" in the studio business. Nate and his 5-string Fender bass filled out this low end of this album beautifully with worshipful technical prowess. Brent and his wife Becky recorded nearly every other part of this album in addition to writing the entire thing, which is quite a feat.

 Becky Holt, a harmony vocal machine.

Becky Holt, a harmony vocal machine.

This has been my biggest project to date. 10 songs, each over 5 minutes. It's been in production since March 2017. This album in particular is close to my heart; so much modern Christian music reflects a formulaic pop songwriting approach. I feel this album is counter-cultural in the sense that as much intention was put into the music as was the lyrics. I can honestly say this sort of project is the life and blood of my craft; creativity, excellence, and focus meet to create music that reflects someone's soul.