TCB Review: Housefires ‘How To Start A Housefire’ Is Unfiltered & Honest Worship

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Housefires is set to release their new worship album titled How to Start a Housefire in the new year (due out January 27). Housefires consists of core members including GRAMMY-nominee Nate Moore, chart-topping songwriter Ryan Ellis (Chris Tomlin, Natalie Grant, Matt Redman), Kirby Kaple (Chris Tomlin, Passion Music) and others. On ‘How To Start A Housefire,’ the group grows its community with features from 2x GRAMMY-nominee DOE (Forever Jones), GRAMMY-winner KJ Scriven, GRAMMY-winner Chandler Moore (Maverick City Music) and more. This collection features twelve tracks that obviously point to the heart and soul behind the collective. Stripped of typical, ‘mainstream’ worship sounds, Housefires sets off on a new path that leads to honest and true worship.

“Only Jesus”, one of the pre-released singles, features Chandler Moore of Maverick City Music, along with DOE and Kirby Kaple. This is a beautiful song that helps remind its listeners of the fact that only Jesus can satisfy. Taking themes and lyrics from the popular hymn “I Have Decided to Follow Jesus”, Housefires created a wonderful modern rendition. While the lyrics are simple, they focus on the greatest message of all – the love of Jesus Christ.

“To You” starts with a flowing piano melody. The chorus, “I’m running back to you, I’m coming back to you,” repeats the lyrics, solidifying the decision to come back to the arms of the Lord. This song is a beautiful reminder that no matter how far you’ve run, the Lord will always welcome you home with open arms.

The final track, “Grateful”, shares the reminder of focusing on thankfulness no matter what situation you are walking through. This song reminds listeners of the faithfulness of God and the truth that He is unchanging – this is what should call us to a posture of gratefulness the most. This is a great song to conclude this stripped down and raw worship album.

While most albums feature separate songs, the songs featured on How to Start a Housefire flow together and fit together like puzzle pieces. The live feel of the album offers an extra form of vulnerability, letting the listener feel as though they are in the same room with Housefires. This collective of artists doesn’t seek fame or glory, and their music reflects that. Their true purpose and goal is to worship the Lord as they are and invite others to do the same. This album and worship style is refreshing in today’s day and age. Be sure to stream How to Start a Housefire!

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