The Royal Royal, the dynamic Canadian duo of brothers Nathan and Gabriel Finochio, just released their first full-length album, The Royalty, which contains 14 original songs filled with a truly fresh, new sound that really doesn’t fit into any previously established genre of music for worship. Yet, the message of each song contains timeless vertical expressions of praise to the Lord. In the first few tracks, you’ll hear the upbeat, heavily synthesized sound—a bit of a ’80s New Wave throwback style, yet uniquely current. The rest of the album shifts between that approach and a simpler, more relaxed feel, with minimalistic drums and guitars underneath a web of vocal harmonies, hardly sounding like only two singers. But, just when you think you have them figured out, they deliver a completely new sound on songs like “How Long” and “October.” The Royal Royal has truly created an album that “gives us what we need: to see old truths as though they are new.”
More: This highly creative, artistic collection of new songs is a welcome addition to musical landscape of songs for the church. Songs that would work well in a congregational setting are “Praise Him” and “How Wonderful.”
Less: One of the musical characteristics of many songs on this album is repetition. It’s clearly an intentional, stylistic decision, and for the most part, it’s very effective. But in some cases, it can be a bit overwhelming, as is the case on the end of “To You,” where the final section is repeated no less than ten times.