Our New Album 'Everlasting'
A season filled with ministry, indecision and finally the decision to go into full-time music ministry held the experiences that birthed the songs in our second full-length album, Everlasting.
Everlasting, produced by Dale Willis and mastered by Grammy award-winner William Bowden, is an album encased with motifs inspired by Isaiah 40:28. The lyrics are loaded with raw honesty and deeply biblical content. Musically, the album is the fruit of collaboration, with a cinematic thread woven through elements of folk, pop and alternate sounds underscoring raw and emotional vocals. In production we decided to focus on genuine and honest moments rather than flawless performance to service the lyrical content of the album.
With a lyrical narrative of two acts, Everlasting, at its base level explores the struggle between doubt and faith. In opener “Temporary”, Australiana flavour encases specific language that lays out the struggle of Romans 7:15-25. The classical flavours of Eric’s piano are layered in the cinematic orchestration of “Don’t Miss The Boat” to express the lyrics “This world is out of control. Spinning round in circles. Blurring all our morals. What’s right? What’s wrong?” This inner conflict is continued in “Doubting Thomas” with the lyrics “I know that You’re there, even when I don’t feel so”. With a folk melody of acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo, Everlasting’s centre track “Surrender” concludes the album’s first act dealing with spiritual struggle and points towards the second act that focus’ on faith and the Everlasting God. “God Is Love” and “Thank You” were the only two tracks on the album for the vocals to be recorded in one take each. This detail imbues a quiet atmosphere of praise in both the lyrics and the sparse, raw instrumentation. Orion, inspired by Revelation 21 & 22, creates a day dream journey about our future journey to heaven when Jesus comes to take us home. The closing track “There We Rise” is a jubilant call in both lyrical content and orchestration that follows Eric’s piano towards to the hope and assurance we have in Jesus Christ.
Everlasting was made possible through a successful crowd-funding Kickstarter campaign that was the fruition of the world-wide encouragement and support that has continually grown since the beginning of our music ministry journey. The Kickstarter campaign saw 155 people from around the world come together into a community that collectively backed $16,849 in October, 2014 to partner with us to produce an album aimed at giving God the glory.
Our prayer is that our new album Everlasting will encourage you in moments of struggle, pain, hurt, and doubt by uplifting the Everlasting God who is love.
"Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The Lord is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom."
We're planning on putting up a blog series going into the meaning behind each of the the twelve songs on 'Everlasting'. Make sure you check back!