Gungor have released new live album, A Creation Liturgy.
The release of the album also coincides with the publication of Michael Gungor's new book, The Crowd, The Critic And The Muse: A Book For Creators.
There is a strong creation theme to both the album and the book.
This is what Michael had to say about the two:
"Here’s the truth of the matter: I wrote the book because a lot of these ideas about art had been stirring in me for a long time and influencing the way that I make music. As I write in the book, I have discovered that the roots of our art go deep into the Soil of creation itself. Many of us call that ultimate source of love, art, life, and beauty, 'God'.
"I was actually writing about all of these ideas about art and how it should be more human, soulish and vulnerable while we were on tour, recording the album that was released yesterday. And I was faced with a decision.
"As I listened to the recordings of the evenings, there was a raw energy about them that I really liked. But I also heard our humanness. I heard little things that I knew we could easily 'fix' with a few overdubs. There were moments where we could have inserted crowd samples to make the crowd sound even more excited and pumped up.
"But I was right in the middle of writing this book that is addressing how our most popular art continues to become more and more plastic and less human, and I just couldn’t do it. I felt like I needed to let the recordings stay as live and authentic as possible. So we made a rule: no overdubs."
New live album from Gungor
Published 13 October 2012