It might be 8 years too late, but here it is: Bram Cools presents ‘Contemporary Christian Muzak’ (2004-2007) is finally available as an album. (digital download only now, but if there is demand a CD-R edition might be produced too!)
So what is ‘Contemporary Christian Muzak’? It is not at all elevator music composed for use in megachurces as the name might suggest, but rather a weird lo-fi/indie project from Bram Cools with spiritually-minded songs for all audiences. The songs here are from the time when it had its live incarnation in the ‘Contemporary Christian Muzak’ collective (2004-2007). Since the band itself has not been recorded the versions here are the original demo-versions with Bram going in extreme multitrack mode sometimes, playing a whole noise-orchestra all by himself!
Weird things are going on indeed on this album. The opener ‘St-John opens’ will probably scare some people away already with its free-form impro, but don’t worry: the rest of the album will mostly contain actual songs and not just freaky soundscapes… The second song and Bram Cools classic ‘father I am tired’ for example shows some of what can be expected: Bram in excessive multitrack with a lot of instruments, vocals and noise, and a psalm-like cry for help in this dark world. Throughout the rest of the songs we find a musical universe that is far from mainstream and will never be commercial, with very diverse arrangements, compositions to express the spiritual struggle and the search for a life centred on Love.
So give it a listen and if you like it you can download it free or at a chosen price, and share with people who might enjoy it.
(And thank you for clicking!)
PS: Find more Bram Cools music for download at bandcamp.com. (All music is currently ‘choose your price’)
|1.||St-John opens 01:49|
|2.||Father I’m tired 03:40|
|3.||Elvis has left the building 05:10|
|5.||dead end streets 03:19|
|6.||stones cry out 04:17|
|7.||last words to the first Church 03:28|
|8.||Feelings say nothing 05:22|
|9.||the hippie song 04:40|
|10.||Without You I’m nothing 03:46|
|11.||not a tame lion 03:55|