Our latest release from our new album, Something More Is Here:
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Our latest album – Something More Is Here – is now available on CD
This album’s theme is based on the verse which says:
The queen of the south…came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something more than Solomon is here.Matthew 12:42
There are 6 songs based on Solomon’s words and deeds from 1 Kings, and 6-1/2 songs (track 1 is a short intro to track 2) based on portions from his book of poetry, Ecclesiastes. As great as the Old Testament writings are per se, there’s always something more, something deeper, that God would reveal to us regarding Himself in light of His New Testament economy. This is what we intend to convey through these musically immersive and illustrative songs.
The CD and mp3s are exclusively available from our website and our Bandcamp page. On all other streaming platforms, the album will only be released as singles–one single per month, through October 2021. Listen to samples and order your copy here to get all 13 songs as high quality mp3 downloads instantly. The CD’s will be shipped to you within one business day.
We’re currently recording songs for our next album on Job and Proverbs. Take a sneak peak with these live played, one minute demos:
I’ve always loved the full length album format as a way to commemorate and take a peak into a brief period of an artists life and work. It’s a window to see the elements that shaped an artist’s point of view through a collection of works of art unified by a common thread of interest at certain stages in their life. Even though the album may be a dying format by today’s consumption trends, we continue to release our work in this format and treat each song (as diverse as they may be) as part of a whole that tells the story of our life experiences in each particular stage. To adequately encapsulate these stages, we have kept to an annual tradition of writing, recording, mixing, and releasing one album per year. On streaming platforms, we release each song from that year’s album as a single each month.
As for the content, in 2015, we started writing about the biographies of the persons God used in Genesis. In 2016, we focused on their deeper experiences in their pursuit of God. Then our 2017 album shifted to the divine romance from Solomon’s Song of Songs. 2018 was a dive into the 10 cases of life meeting every man’s need, plus 2 events in the gospel of John. In 2019 we dug deep into the experiences of King David from 1 & 2 Samuel. 2020 was a continuation of David’s history through Solomon’s life and work in 1 Kings, plus his poetic synopsis of the vanity and beauty of life as written in Ecclesiastes. Now in 2021, we are sculpting the sonic imagery that expresses the purpose of God’s creating of man as seen in Job and the wisdom of God through Proverbs.
Original Artwork (now available for purchase)
About Chords of a Man
Chords of a Man is a husband and wife duo comprised of Leslie Fritz and Matthew David Fritz. Focusing on Biblical themes, they write and produce illustrative original songs that draw upon deep scripture passages, and the writings of Witness Lee and Watchman Nee for their lyrical inspiration.
Stylistically, Matthew and Leslie’s complimentary voices and pristine 2-part harmonies form the hallmark of their enchanting sound which nicely dovetails with their diverse, Americana style musical arrangements. Bringing musical diversity to the table, Matthew’s proficiency with piano, cello, mountain dulcimer, acoustic and classical guitar, mandolin, ukulele, bass, and percussion enables them to diversify their sound from song to song yet keep a cohesive feel to their thematic albums. Also unique among songwriters, they regularly produce select songs in odd meters, such as 5/4, 10/4, and 7/8 to surreptitiously create new dimensions to their rhythms.
Their impact can be summed up with this review by music scene editorial writer for Paste Magazine, Bryan Rolli:
“With charming guy/girl harmonies resting atop cleanly plucked guitars and light keys, Chords of a Man harkens back to the classic folk duos of the ’70s while avoiding the nagging title of “nostalgic.” Though the music may sound warmly familiar, the lyrical themes are refreshing in their focus. Never mind the temporal pleasures that captivate artist and audience alike these days; Chords of a Man artists, Matthew and Leslie Fritz, have their sights clearly set on the kingdom and eternity.”