Robbie Seay Band
Robbie Seay Band’s latest release Psalms, Vol. 2 EP, is a slight departure from the alt-rock-roots music—and signature stylized vocals we’ve come to expect from the band’s lead singer/songwriter. Though Seay’s unique style has always been a refreshing break in the sometimes predictable Christian musical landscape, this time he has created songs that any worship band in any church of any committed style can step into and worship God using Scripture. (That’s not to say all will be able to implement the production on the album.) This is a congregational worship album. It is unquestionably all about God and not all about Robbie. It takes humility or desperation to become less visible so God can shine. Robbie and the band have done that. Scripture is the star here.
The songs for the most part—Psalm 134 excepted—do not express the entire psalm or even most of it (as for instance The Sons of Korah are more likely to do). Rather each song pulls an essential prayer or proclamation (or combines both) and repeats it—a sort of sung contemplation of a single or a few truths about God. It is lovely, uplifting, and the perfect segue between reading the whole psalm in a church setting and then rehearsing key elements to effect a stick to the spiritual ribs factor. Hopefully Psalms, Vol. 2 will serve as a catalyst for just that.
The music is emotional and devotional, igniting and impelling hearts to worship. The opening psalm, 134, is the perfect call to worship. Next up, Psalm 140, is an urgent cry for God’s mercy and deliverance, with an ardent proclamation of trust infused with uptempo energy—hope in the face of need. Psalm 139 rehearses God’s intimate knowledge of his children, building in passion from a single voice and keys to a guitar, vocal and sound layering, shimmering percussion and compelling drums, sprinkles of evocative guitar soloing. Psalm 118, is simply exquisite as it declares, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good,” beginning and ending in quiet, it is an anthemic march to glory as it grows in power, and then pulls back to voice, tcello and finally, simple guitar. Psalm 3 finishes the album with two minutes of evocative atmospherics and sound painting, before declaring and repeating the truth we all need to have alive in our spirits and imprinted on our hearts: “I will not be afraid, I Will Not Fear, No I will not fear. For you, Oh LORD are a shield about me. You are my glory. You lift my head… I cried aloud to you oh God, and you answered me.”.
Sounds like: Robbie Seay Band, but different, more stylistically accessible to the average worship band/lead vocalist. The music combines folk, rock, roots, pop, and synth atmospherics, with shades of John Schreiner, Crowder, Peter Gabriel, Pink Floyd, Matt Redman.
Most singable: Psalm 118
Most Scriptural: All, but more of complete text encompassed in Psalm 134
The whole package: Psalm 118, 140