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Before The Sun Goes Down

The New Respects

Alternative & Indie - Released July 20, 2018 | Credential Recordings

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We Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere

The New Respects

Alternative & Indie - Released June 22, 2018 | Credential Recordings

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Hey!

The New Respects

Alternative & Indie - Released June 10, 2016 | Credential Recordings

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A Film & TV Collection

Future Of Forestry

Rock - Released January 1, 2011 | Credential Recordings

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Downtown Church

Patty Griffin

Rock - Released January 1, 2010 | Credential Recordings

In many respects, art is about the process that goes into the creation of the work as much as the work itself; the path that leads to a final creative vision can often mean as much to the art as the physical technique or the initial inspiration. It's a process not unlike faith, in which the road to spiritual understanding plays a powerful role in informing one's beliefs, and both art and faith play a crucial role in Patty Griffin's seventh album, Downtown Church. While Griffin has described herself as a "lapsed Catholic," she's also spoken of herself as a seeker who believes in the spiritual dimensions of music, and she's a passionate devotee of classic gospel music, with the influences showing clearly on her 2007 album, Children Running Through. On Downtown Church, Griffin has given her gospel influences free reign; while it features two fine new songs from her, most of the album is devoted to vintage gospel of all stripes, from Hank Williams' "House of Gold" and Dorothy Love Coates' "The Strange Man" to traditional numbers such as "Wade in the Water," "If I Had My Way," and "Never Grow Old." Downtown Church was recorded in Nashville's Downtown Presbyterian Church, and while it's hard to say how much that informed the mood of the sessions, Griffin's vocals here possess a fierce passion bordered by a touching emotional fragility, as if she's fully aware of the gravity of the themes at hand, and means to give them the consideration they deserve. Griffin is also accompanied by a number of gifted friends and colleagues; Buddy Miller produced the album, and his spectral guitar lines weave their way through many of the songs, while the guest vocalists include Emmylou Harris, Raul Malo, Jim Lauderdale, and gospel stars Ann McCrary and Regina McCrary, all of whom add to the richness of this music while never leaving any question that this is truly Griffin's album. Griffin has certainly learned a lot from vital gospel artists of the past, but rather than emulate their style, she's absorbed them and used their influences to create something of her own, and along the way, one can hear her digging deep into the meanings of these songs as well as appreciating the beauty on the surface. Griffin sounds bold on "I Smell a Rat," fervent on "The Strange Man," and almost in awe of the simple faith and complex mysteries of "All Creatures of Our God and King," and just as she's not afraid to step into the musical unknown, she's sincere and assured as she considers the depth of faith expressed in these songs. It's no surprise that Downtown Church is a beautiful album, as Patty Griffin has been making beautiful albums since 1996, but here she's reaching for something deeper than she has on much her previous work, and the search that informed these 14 songs is compelling and joyous to hear, regardless of your religious convictions. © Mark Deming /TiVo
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Over The Hills And Everywhere: A Christmas EP

Seabird

Ambient/New Age - Released January 1, 2010 | Credential Recordings

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Travel III

Future Of Forestry

Rock - Released January 1, 2010 | Credential Recordings

The destination of Eric Owyoung's Travel trilogy is worth every step of the journey, culminating in the project's loudest and most volatile set. If the first of the three EPs was the "dream" of the series, then this is the "wake-up call," continuing with the band's experimental indie rock but now at double speed. Owyoung unleashes wildly layered alternative rock inspired by the craftsmanship of such greats as Arcade Fire, Radiohead, Kings of Leon, and even Coldplay's Kraftwerk-inspired "Violet Hill." It all comes together to punctuate the trilogy with exclamation points. Speaking of Coldplay, the track "Working to Be Loved" could have been lifted straight from Prospekt's March with its catchy yet unobtainable mix of strumming guitar and atmospheric keyboards. Dark beats and distortion also drive home the point on "Bold and Underlined" and "Protection." Owyoung leaves his most masterful and artistic work for the end of the series, leaving listeners with a reminder of just how many directions this multi-faceted indie group can go. © Jared Johnson /TiVo
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Travel II

Future Of Forestry

Rock - Released January 1, 2009 | Credential Recordings

The second in Eric Owyoung's three-part exploratory series embellishes the band's ethos lyrically (with a focus on faraway places) as well as musically (adding world music drum rhythms on several tracks). This segment is more lively and moving than its predecessor, clearly answering the question of why the subject matter was stretched beyond the scope of a single album. From the hard-grinding "Holiday" to the riveting "Slow Your Breath Down," the indie rock flows from one captivating bright spot to the next and offers plenty of twists and turns to make listeners want to stick around for the rest of the ride. © Jared Johnson /TiVo
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Travel

Future Of Forestry

Rock - Released January 1, 2009 | Credential Recordings

Travel is the start of a magnum opus, an endearing exploration of going places and being gone. Future of Forestry is trance-inducing indie rock in harmonics, almost like the flipside of early Coldplay. The band doesn't take you to a new place so much as they take you to familiar places in new ways, and the way they take you there is worth the intrigue. "Colors in Array" sweeps its way into stratospheric and even angelic ranges, while other songs invite you to "close your eyes this time/trust will be your guide tonight." And with such impressive forays into dream rock, there is no reason to fear. With Travel II and Travel III closely following suit, this suite invites listeners to discover new explorations in Euro-rock style. © Jared Johnson /TiVo
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The Silent Night EP

Seabird

Ambient/New Age - Released January 1, 2009 | Credential Recordings

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Rocks Into Rivers

Seabird

Rock - Released January 1, 2009 | Credential Recordings

Rocks into Rivers followed quickly on the heels of 2008's Til We See the Shore and diverged little, if any, from the rich piano pop/rock of Seabird's debut. Their sophomore effort shows growth as artists, touching on intricate, complex emotions with lead singer Aaron Morgan's trademark swagger and sensitivity. Much of the album describes Morgan's experience becoming a husband and father. "Believe Me" is driven by a vulnerable admission of improvements that need to be made as the leader of his family and a hook so infectious that it would make the Fray's lead singer shriek with jealousy. Lead single "Don't You Know You're Beautiful" speaks out to a troubled teen who blames herself for her parents' divorce. The album is littered with elements of praise & worship such as the message that "The Good King" is there to see you through lonely times. And it's the muted message of hope lining each track that endears this album. Thankfully, the band doesn't try too hard to do too much, too fast. Rocks into Rivers is more of a second verse than an entirely new songbook. © Jared Johnson /TiVo
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Another Christmas (Old Borego)

Switchfoot

Rock - Released January 1, 2008 | Credential Recordings

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'Til We See The Shore

Seabird

Rock - Released January 1, 2008 | Credential Recordings

Early critical buzz labeled Seabird as the next Coldplay or Radiohead, but such comparisons sell the band short. The original sound of the piano-based rock quartet from Cincinnati combines the best parts of Muse, Keane and the David Crowder Band. Imagine how Weezer would sound if they added a keyboardist to their quirky mix, and you start to get the idea. The album's raw guitar fusion made it one of the most intriguing releases of 2008. Producers Jacquire King (Modest Mouse, Tom Waits, Switchfoot) and Allen Salmon (Mutemath, This Beautiful Republic) honed the catchy sound. The lyrical depth is also impressive. Frontman Aaron Morgan sings of love, loss, and other typically deep emotions with uncanny character. There are lightweight moments such as the opener "Black and Blue," but the back half of the album is where the guys' musicianship takes them from also-ran to frontrunner. "Stronger" is a triumph the size of Crowder's "A Collision" -- melding what sounds like an electric banjo into an already hook-laden rock melody. The tandem of "Patience," "Sometimes" and "Falling for You" proves why this band turns heads. Bright and sassy in creation yet earnest in delivery, Seabird's debut is a delight for rock fans. © Jared Johnson /TiVo
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Twilight

Future Of Forestry

Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2007 | Credential Recordings

The big, chiming, atmospheric guitars; the chesty, emotional singing; the huge and cathartic choruses; the production that creates a veritable cathedral of those layered guitar chords and crashing cymbals -- yes, the guys in Future of Forestry have listened to a few U2 albums. But their vocal sound is ultimately quite different (lead vocalist Eric Owyoung is consistently on pitch, for one thing) and their Christianity is far less coy. The songs on their debut album are all more or less the same, but the effect is more pleasingly consistent than annoyingly samey: the almost-metal crunch of "All I Want" seems to follow logically from the densely chiming atmospherics of "Open Wide," and if the overdubbed vocal octaves on "Twilight" sound just a bit dated, well, so what? The 1980s were not the worst decade for emotional guitar rock. On "Thinking of You" Owyoung's debt to Bono is more obvious, and on "Sanctitatis" he fails to resist the dangerous allure of the Latin Lyric with Bells, but he quickly redeems himself on the acoustic-based and quietly gorgeous "If You Find Her." All in all, this is a very auspicious debut. © Rick Anderson /TiVo
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Let Me Go On - EP

Seabird

Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2007 | Credential Recordings

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Let Go EP

Edison Glass

Alternative & Indie - Released January 1, 2007 | Credential Recordings

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Lost Ocean

Lost Ocean

Rock - Released January 1, 2007 | Credential Recordings

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Tension

Dizmas

Rock - Released January 1, 2007 | Credential Recordings

Dizmas' chaotic post-hardcore sound evolved in nearly every way on its second go-around, the sophomore effort Tension. Not only did Zach Zegan's vocals carry more weight, but the band's songwriting improved to showcase a mastery of subjects both light and heavy. The group stuck with a production mix that favored the guitar work of Jon T. Howard and Josh Zegan rather than the typical hardcore bass/drums emphasis. The result was a triumphantly intelligent hard rock record that wove together the emo-rock of Taking Back Sunday and Story of the Year with values-based lyricism. One of the more mature songs on the album, "Play It Safe," is an acknowledgement of the tensions in our lives and the backlash that happens when we ignore them. One of the few ballads, "If You Love Someone," admits that letting go is an essential step in a relationship. "Dance" is an infectious dare to get off your feet but, on a deeper level, a metaphor for seizing life by the reins. Dizmas' improvement over its freshman album was monumental, as was the band's ability to create an intriguing, emotive collection of hard rock. © Jared Johnson /TiVo
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A Burn Or A Shiver

Edison Glass

Pop - Released January 1, 2006 | Credential Recordings

An emo-sounding band with complex instrumentation -- sounds familiar, eh? If you're a rock fan in the early 21st century, it certainly should, as it seems like just about every up-and-coming melodic rock band owed a thing or two to the aforementioned style/approach. And the Long Island, NY, outfit Edison Glass certainly fits this description on their 2006 debut, A Burn or a Shiver. Singers Joshua Silverberg (who doubles on guitar) and Mountain Morin (who doubles on bass) certainly have the "dual melodic vocal emo thing" down pat, while Silverberg and second guitarist James Usher have no problem alternating between clean guitar picking and washes of power chords. But the group's roots prove to be different than most of the competition -- the complex orchestral arrangements of Bach and the reggae-pop of the Police (the latter of which is evidenced at times by Silverberg and Usher's Andy Summers-esque chord voicings). While there is certainly a familiarity to the proceedings, such standout tracks as "Today Has Wings" and the album-opening "My Fair One" prove that Edison Glass is a cut above your average emo band. You get the feeling that if Edison Glass can keep forging forward and inject more of their own style and personality into the sonic stew, the quartet can turn into something truly special over the course of several albums. Keep your eyes and ears peeled. © Greg Prato /TiVo
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Night To Life

Lost Ocean

Rock - Released January 1, 2006 | Credential Recordings