To mark the impending release of a new EP Zac Hicks has made his two prior albums, Without Our Aid and The Glad Song available free for download from Noisetrade for the next two weeks.
When I first heard these, especially Without Our Aid, I described it as “Sort of like Hillsong, but with really great lyrics.”
At that time Zac kindly commented on my post, replying:
“Thanks for giving the album a listen and a fair shake. I appreciate your words. “Hillsong…with really great lyrics” is definitely what we were going for, so I’m glad it was apparent. It’s not for everyone. It’s not really intended to speak to a traditionalist crowd…hence some of the dismissive criticism we’ve received from those folks. There’s a very specific strategy: build bridges to the modern worship sector which needs fresh vision when it comes to the incorporation of biblical reflection, theology, history, and hymnody. In that sense, Without Our Aid is an “evangelistic” project to modern worship, hopefully sending a message that says, “There ARE ways to preserve the style and fervency of modern worship and yet engage tradition thoughtfully.”
At mgpc we use Sola in worship.
Various resource elements are available at Zac’s blog.
So, head over to Noisetrade and grab both albums for free, or leave a tip.
If they’re not your cup of tea, you probably know someone you can recommend them to.
Here’s an embed of Without Our Aid which links to Zac’s bandcamp page. (where you can purchase these for download after the two-week free offer at Noisetrade expires)