A couple years ago I was passed a burned CD by my best friend with Oceans Above” written on it. She told me they had played at their church and how much she loved their worship. Though she has great taste in music I was skeptical because I was not a fan of the normal worship at her church so if this was anything like that I wasn’t interested. But I love this girl and respect her taste so I thought I would give it a whirl.
Since that time I have listened to this CD countless times. It’s like Postal Service meets Modern worship. I was very impressed right off with the compositions of the songs. All songs are familiar but in each song their is something new or fresh whether a off-tempo hit unique harmony or melody. Each song has something unique and wonderful to offer. The band states on their Myspace “In Jesus’ short life He modeled a revolutionary way to live and love andndash; with a heart full of compassion and arms stretched out to the overlooked and ignored….Our hope is that this fresh interpretation of worship music coupled with Jesus’ own words will make you take another look at the way you worship.” This CD does this for me. It has the poppy indie sensibilities that I love that send me floating and the desire to worship our Creator that I crave.
Oceans above first self-titled release on Sparrow Records is a must for someone looking for a new style of worship. Without fail when working I like to listen to music and Oceans Above has become my default. I love acoustic worship live concert worship but sometimes it gets tired and old so far this has not and that to me says something.
Two Favorite Tracks:
“Love Break Me”
“In Christ Alone
I have two issues with this CD (1) Though it breaks new ground in Christian music it is “nothing new” in the grad scheme of things (2) There are not enough (if any) original tracks. God has indeed gifted these men and women with a heart for Him and a gift for me music I would like to see what that translates into in an original song.