Reviewed by Tim Holden, Crossrhythms
One Step Lantern is the recording persona of Birmingham’s Oli Nicholls. From the opening jangling guitars and distorted vocals of “Reigns Forever” this album has its heart well and truly on its independent sleeve. “Trust” brings in a piano-led sound and “Good News” is a straight rock number that would not be out of place on a Soul Survivor or Phil Wickham album.
Oli is equally at home writing the quieter and more reflective material such as “Magnificat” with its quirky drum rhythm and he delivers them all with aplomb. Unlike nom-de-disc (look up Psalm 119:105) and album title (feeding of the 5000 in Matthew) the lyrics are not at all cryptic and seek to connect worshippers to the heart of God and are solidly based in the Bible.
The tracks are well arranged and produced and use the backing vocals and instrumentation to bring light and shade to the sound. ’5 + 2′ is a really good album and one can only speculate as to whether it would sound any better with the kind of budget some American albums have thrown at them.
You will definitely be hearing more of Oli in the future.
Premier Radio are going to play ”Good News“ tonight (Saturday 7th July) between 6pm and 7pm. It will be on the “Unsigned” show as Demo of the week.
You can listen online, or via 1305 1332 1413 MW, Sky Digital 0123, Freeview 725 and National DAB.
Please tune in and tweet @premierunsigned and @premierradio. Let them know what you think of @OneStepLantern!
Just back from India, having been visiting some of World Vision’s projects over there. Projects that are helping the very poorest in society to break the cycle of poverty. It was great to witness such a gritty and true expression of worship, and it really made a number of the justice themed songs on the album come to life for me (will blog about that shortly). Stoked to return to this awesome review on christian.co.uk - big thanks to Sam Hailes for this:
“Buying an independent album is always risky. With no backing from a recognised label, you never quite know if the CD will be any good.
So it was with some apprehension that I inserted new artist One Step Lantern’s CD 5+2 into my laptop.
Away with the noise of your songs!
I will not listen to the music of your harps.
But let justice roll on like a river,
righteousness like a never-failing stream!
And with that, the album was launched. Ha ha ha…
It’s funny the things God reminds you of the day before you launch an album of worship music! I was sat in church on Sunday evening listening to a talk about our broken world, and God’s heart for us as Christ’s followers to “bring the kingdom” in our worship of Him. And so I started reflecting on us singing our songs of worship at church.
I do think sung worship has an important role in our church communities. It is uniting. It is powerful. It can embed truth into our hearts and it reminds us as worshippers that we serve and submit to a greater God. Yet I’ve always been struck by these verses in Amos. They are addressed to the Israelites, a worshipping community that at the time had completely lost its way.
There’s now a One Step Lantern page on Facebook. If you’re a facebook kinda guy, or a facebook kinda girl, please hit the “like” button.
We’ll get some more Lantern treats on the page soon. But for now, if you could spread the love and like the page, that would be terrific!
Here’s another track from the forthcoming album “5+2“… track 10, The Great I Am. If you like what you hear, please please please share it via WordPress, Twitter and Facebook. Tell your mates about it. Play it in your churches. Get it on your phone and show it to random strangers on the bus! Full album coming to onesteplantern.com on May 14th.
Once again, let us know what you think… but as ever, be gentle
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