Daily Distraction: Listen to the new St. Lenox song 'Deliverance'

The track is the first released off of forthcoming album 'Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for Our Tumultuous Times,' due out June 11

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Andrew Choi

On "Deliverance," the first track released off of the forthcoming St. Lenox album, Ten Songs of Worship and Praise for Our Tumultuous Times, due out June 11 on Don Giovanni/Anyway, singer and songwriter Andrew Choi wrestles with death and the attendant questions that rise up amid such loss, largely centered on the concept of religion.

Over the course of roughly three minutes, Choi recounts everything from reading bible passages at a friend's funeral to his own faith journey, shaped largely by indifference.

"I've never been a big fan of religion," he sings, eventually allowing larger questions of God and existence to enter into his thoughts, suggesting a softening of the soil. "These days I think you've gotta believe in something," the musician offers as the song nears its close.

“I’m not particularly religious, but I grew up in a religious household,” Choi said in a press release accompanying news of forthcoming St. Lenox record. “I understand why people have moved away from the church. But at the same time, I also understand why people are religious. These songs are me dealing with religion, but not really in a critical or negative way. Instead, I want the music to help people remember the hopeful feeling that I remembered, when I was growing up in the church. If that’s the starting point, then maybe people can see themselves being religious again. Maybe I can see myself being religious again.  I’m not sure.”

Give "Deliverance" a listen below.