Future of Forestry "Advent Christmas EP Vol. 3"
by Grace Thorson (cmaddict.com) on 2013-12-09 14:35:30

Future of Forestry is here again, adding another holiday EP to their collection. In their third advent Christmas album, Eric Owyoung said this about their songs, “I think what makes this album and these songs unique is that they were written so long ago, and so many people sung them for so long, in so many different ways.”

This Ep is faithful to Future of Forestry’s unique style. Long-drawn vocals and extended tones set them apart from many Christmas albums, and Christian bands for that matter. While not my first introduction to their music, this is a new experience for me. Not having listened to Ep’s Vol. 1 and Vol. 2, I can’t compare this Vol. 3 to the others.

The album cover correlates well with their music. I can see the snow-swept landscape and hear the quiet tranquility in the air. The first song from the track list is fittingly, the popular classic, “Silent Night.” Haunting melodies and sweeping instrumentals bring a beautiful calmness to this old favorite.

Sung in complete German is “Jesu Joy of Man’s Desiring,” and it’s easily my favorite track. The Germanic praises portray a picture of worshippers in a monastery from ages past. I love that ancient and worn feeling. It ties the song in a perfect choir-like scene.

Violins, violas, and cellos were fused musically with everyday items like coffee cans, kitchen pots and pans, drinking glasses, toys, and an antique music box. In “Still, Still, Still” the violin is strummed magnificently in its own little solo, and the lead singer’s tender voice lulls the listener into a heavenly peace.

The use of orchestral instruments and mechanisms together create a truly wonderful piece of Christmas magic. I heartily believe that this band can take anything familiar and turn it into a whole new experience for its listeners. I’m impressed overall, and I’m keen on exploring their additional Christmas Ep’s.

Rating: 5 out of 5

Genre: Alternative
Label: Indie
Release Date: November 12, 2013
Buy it: Amazon - iTunes

1 Silent Night 3:58
2 Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring 4:10
3 Carol of the Bells 3:34
4 O Come All Ye Faithful 3:50
5 Still Still Still 3:27

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