Release the Stars by The Shadow Church opens with “Set Sail” and the beauty in their sound was not what I was expecting. It has the production on both vocals and instruments that is very reminiscent of a modern Radiohead track, maybe even something from Kid A or In Rainbows. I must say I was extremely and pleasantly surprised at the quality of the musicianship and the meticulous crafting of synths and the vast sea of other subtle electronic sounds. “Reconciled” has a more upbeat and cheery vibe to it contrasting with the slow thought provoking meditations that are the first two tracks. There is even a sunshine bright synth melody that basks in the second half of the song behind the vocals. Everything seems to get its turn to shine and be heard. The layers of synths, electronic beats, spacey guitars, and robust rhythms meets altogether on “Test the Waters”. At this point of the EP or mini album (not sure which technical term they’re going for since at 27 minutes it is just shy of being a 30 minute full length LP) this is essentially the climax. As you know, we review music that comes from all backgrounds. The Shadow Church is advertised as unique, electronic, experimental Christian music. However, I believe there is only one track that strongly emits that sort exclusivity (“Under the Shadow”). Release the Stars is an album that truly resonates the more you spin it, and is enjoyable to listeners of any faith, belief, or non-belief.
The Shadow Church is:
Katherine Berger Vocals, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Loop Programming, Keyboards, Kaoss
Todd Berger Vocals, Keyboards, Hand Percussion, Guitar, Flint and Typewriter w/ paper
Produced by Katie Berger. 2019 © The Shadow Church. All Rights Reserved.
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