January 9, 2015
Massa Deux is an expanded and matured adaptation of Ben Kyle’s original alt-country Mass. Taken right out of Ben playbook, it combines moody country grooves, soulful harmonies, and fantastic melodies. This liturgy is performed by Jimmy Osterholt of The Small Cities and Gospel Machine, Jayanthi Kyle of Black Audience and Gospel Machine, and Marty Marty of Crazy Chester. Massa Deux usually returns to Mercy Seat each December for the season of Advent, and occasionally throughout the year.
Ben put down some solo demos for us, and they capture the mood of the pieces perfectly.
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March 10, 2010
Minnesotan via Belfast, Ben Kyle (whether he likes it or not) is a fixture of the Twin Cities music scene. With his band Romantica, he’s shared the stage with Ryan Adams (including a haunting duet of a Romantica song) and toured the country. Their two records, It’s Your Weakness That I Want and America have been critically acclaimed by the likes of Village Voice and the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Ben’s Massa liturgy takes his alt-country roots and mines them for an immigrants walk through the traditional Lutheran liturgy.
March 4, 2010
One of Mercy Seat’s first adventures into pop liturgies, Massa is an alt-country take on the Lutheran Mass. Taken right out of Ben Kyle’s playbook, it combines a soaring pedal steel, soulful harmonies, and fantastic melodies. This liturgy is performed by James Orvis and “Lucky” Luke Jacobs of Romantica, Jimmy Osterholt of The Small Cities, Jayanthi Kyle of Black Audience, and Marty Martinson of the Martinson Family Singers.