Thursday, September 10, 2009
Great Comfort Records has announced its inaugural release, Come, O Spirit!, which is a collection of hymns as interpreted by the likes of Leigh Nash, Welcome Wagon, Damien Jurado, David Bazan, Rosie Thomas and Denison Witmer. The album is the brainchild of Mason Neely and Isaac Wardell, both of whom presented at last spring’s Festival of Faith & Music as the collective Bifrost Arts. Come, O Spirit! embodies Neely and Wardell’s belief that “a new generation of musicians from across the spiritual spectrum is emerging, discarding the trappings of the Christian-culture industry to reintroduce the transcendence, beauty and historical gravity of western scared music to the places where it belongs: dinner parties, road trips and back porches.” Great Comfort Records is the newest enterprise of Daniel Smith, his wife Elin and his parents Lenny and Marian—a delightful Famile to be sure that radiates a kind of fresh, authentic faithfulness that is all too rare.