Born out of their small group house churches, Grace Midtown has recorded a collection of songs I have had on repeat on my iPod for the past few months. While the live moment, with all of it’s repetitions and raw spontaneity, can lose you at a casual listen, this album has the ability to sweep you into their living room. The entire record is acoustic driven with percussion, piano, and light violin/cello decorations. It really puts in you in the living room along with their leaders as they bring you through their churches journey one song at a time. The organic feel is reminiscent of the Ben Paisley works with 100 Portraits and Waterdeep on the Enter the Worship Circle albums which lends itself to a strong sense of authenticity.
All in all HOUSEFIRES is a great album and, according to their twitter feed, they have begun recording a follow up that I am looking forward to hearing. Get the album free on NoiseTrade here.