As I announced earlier, Reformation Day — happy Reformation Day, by the way — is the release date for Brother Down’s latest album, “Old Paths New Feet.” And here we are, right on schedule. Digital downloads are now available in various places, but let me link you to iTunes and to Amazon. If you go to Canon, you can pre-order an old-school CD, like you were born in the 1800s or something.
This is the first album released by the record label of Canon Press, Bultitude Records.
Brother Down is based in California, and this release is a collection of 10 Reformation era Psalms, including Psalms originally composed by Claude Goudimel (Ps. 2, 6, 13, 75, 130), Thomas Tallis (Ps. 63), Johann Cruger (Ps. 42), Louis Bourgeois (Ps. 100) and Heinrich Schutz (Ps. 103).
The melodies are original, and the lyrics mostly are, and the contemporary twist is found in the instrumentation and arrangement. The combination of 16th century worship music with a 21st century band resulted in a unique sound that really works.