Split the Sky, the debut album of Jesus Culture’s worship pastor, Chris Quilala, creates a celestial worship experience with its fusion of modern progressive and retro-styled dance pop. This enticing shift of style from Jesus Culture’s typical musical fare remains consistent with their commitment to congregational accessibility, theologically accurate and meaningful literature, and solid musical artistry.
Throughout the album, the heavy use of ethereal synths set the scene for Quilala’s distinctive vocals and help create a heaven-focused feeling supporting the main theme of the album—encountering God. “Welcome Here” boldly opens the album with a cry to welcome the Holy Spirit into worship. “After My Heart” reverberates with God’s unending desire to have his people’s hearts. “Because of Your Love” leans heavily on Romans 5:8, while “Only One God” stretches the limits of creativity in a pop style of worship music. Thick with reverb, heavy with passion, the airy feeling of “Encounter” beckons the Holy Spirit to come have an encounter with the singer/listener.
Sounds like: Split the Sky is the sound of ancient-future faith, pushing the limits of modern worship style while pulling in retro sounds from eras past. Although the heavenly synths, heavy reverb, and intricate drum patterns may at first listen sound intimidating to the local church, Chris Quilala delivers a meaningful message of encountering God through the Holy Spirit and Jesus Christ with invitingly singable melodies and well-structured accompaniment suitable for churches and worship teams of all sizes.
Most Singable: “All to You”
Strongest Biblical Content: “Because of Your Love” (Rom 5:8)
The Whole Package: “Encounter”
– Amanda Furbeck