The EP features the holiday classics "Joy To The World," "Do You Hear What I Hear?," "Angels We Have Heard On High," and "Pie Jesu," as well the original song "The Earth Stood Still," and an instrumental interlude.
“The Advent series started as a side project, but after hearing the first EP and touring on the project, it was evident that this music was becoming an important part of the band,” explains Eric Owyoung, the driving force behind Future of Forestry. “When we started hearing a similar response from our friends and fans, we couldn’t wait to get in the studio and continue the series.”
This project is in a very similar style Future of Forestry fans are familiar with: epic in sound, using a wide pallet of instrumentation, while managing to keep a sentimental feel that honors the season it celebrates.
“We really wanted these two Christmas albums to be cohesive, so you can listen to the EPs together and have it seem like one experience,” continues Owyoung.
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Future of Forestry [Advent Christmas Vol. 2]| Posted November 30, 2010
Future of Forestry is one of the best-kept secrets of the Christian market. Lead singer Eric Owyoung has been recording albums previously as Something Like Silas and then Future of Forestry for the past six years and 2007?s full-length album Twilight was one of my top 10 albums of the year. 2008's Advent Christmas EP was refreshing and original. 2010 brings a second edition, Advent Christmas, Volume 2. The band has recently released a trilogy of six song Travel EP?s so another EP is fitting.
This EP features four classic Christmas songs, one original song, and one instrumental piece. Some stand-out tracks are amazing versions of "Joy to the World" and "Do You Hear What I Hear." Both songs start quietly but rise to incredible crescendos with ringing bells and Coldplay-like guitar riffs. Those have always been two of my favorite Christmas songs, and these are now my two favorite versions.
Volume 2 includes one original song. "The Earth Stood Still" is definitely one of the best original Christmas songs I?ve ever heard. The album also features a beautiful instrumental track followed by an gorgeous version of "Pie Jesu" which only Eric Owyoung could pull off vocally in my opinion. Charlotte Church and Sarah Brightman have also recorded the Andrew Lloyd Webber song and it is just stunning.
I?ve loved the sound of this band for the past several years and this is by far my favorite Christmas album of all time. My recommendation is to pick up both Advent Christmas volumes and you can play these amazing Christmas songs over and over and really get into the true reflective and worshipful Christmas spirit.