Artist: Young Oceans
Title: ‘Advent’ EP
Overall Album Vibe:
Not too long ago is when I first had the chance to hear the modern worship band based out of Trinity Grace Church in New York City, Young Oceans’ music, reviewing their self-titled release (Young Oceans Review). The group’s latest 6-track EP, ‘Advent,’ was originally intended as they put it, “a companion for celebrating the first Advent of Christ; an historical and meditative album for that holy season.” Things changed though when the recording process was first delayed by personal matters within their music community followed by the destruction Hurricane Sandy unleashed on the New York City area.
The band says that the focus of the release shifted to, “from the heartache and sorrow we all experience, to the seemingly endless groans of creation, we are reminded that even we who have the first fruits of the Spirit often experience life as a mystifying narrative. With that in mind, our intent was to present these songs with purity and beauty, but also with an honest representation of the veil we’re peering through. So, we share this music with humility and expectation, linking our hearts with our Lord Jesus, resting in the wondrous gift of the first Advent, waiting, and longing for the second.”
I enjoyed all six tracks of music that are found on the EP finding them an asset for use during your devotional time. I also found the use of cello, mandolin, lap steel and upright bass along with the usual guitars, drums and keyboard parts really added a new element to the whole musical experience, adding in flavors of country, classical and even airy pop music. The lead vocals also work really well with their mixture of drenched passion and controlled emotion that brings the lyrics to life.
Highlight tracks for me included, “My All in Thee,” a meandering keys filled track dealing with turning your life completely over to God. I also like the instrumental track, “Scattered Stones,” that proves sometimes words aren’t needed to convey a message. I also was drawn to the EP’s last track, “To Thee We Run.”
Review Tagline: Modern Worship with that something extra defines Young Oceans’ music that really hits the heart.
Standout Tracks: “My All in Thee”, “Scattered Stones”, To Thee We Run”,
Review by C.W. Ross