When Beautiful Eulogy released their first album, Satellite Kite, in 2012 I was blown away by their unique sound, gospel-rich and theologically informed message. It was not just contemplative hip-hop (which is not a rare thing at all), and it wasn't just hip-hop with reformed theology. There's a lot of that these days. Beautiful Eulogy gave us something that was genuinely original and worshipful. Satellite Kite was my favorite album of 2012, so when their follow up album was being recorded I was excited, but cautious. Could they do it again?
Well, their second album, Instruments of Mercy, set to release in two days on October 29th definitely does not fall into any kind of "sophomore slump," but rather emerges as a true success, standing even taller than their debut. As you listen to the album it feels like a continuation of Satellite Kite, but has matured.
Beautiful Eulogy have their own unique sound driven by Courtland Urbano's direction. I would describe it as a clean, multi-instrumental and digital, powerful yet ethereal and atmospheric sound that lifts up the lyrics without overtaking what is being spoken. And what is spoken is powerful. These are creative lyricists who know how to bend and blend words to create unique rhymes along the lines of revered talents like Brother Ali and Eminem.
I'm not going to run through each track in this post, though I am tempted to do so. It is a thrilling album. But I would prefer you to experience it as I did, with fresh ears. My first listen stirred my soul and led me to joyful worship.
The guys are letting me share a track with you. You can, of course, checkout their video for the single, Vital Lens, but I want to share something you haven't heard. Here's a short track titled, The Size of Grace. Give it a listen. And be sure to get the album on October 29th at humblebeast.com.
UPDATE: I am sorry the track in't playing for everyone. Not sure what's up. It seems to be working in Safari and Firefox. Click play and give it time.