Though there has certainly been an influx of retro-pop’80s styled ambient rock in the mainstream/indie market, the Christian soundscape has remained fairly unassailed by the sonic rush. Enter Lovelite. In a Cure meets such modern-indie darlings as Destroyer and Twin Shadow (pretty much any music tracing its roots to post-’70s Steely Dan or every Depeche Mode release). The big question is if young people today actually like the one-time-very-mainstream sound or if they’re being ironic in the production mimicry? As far as Lovelite is concerned, the approach seems completely and naively sincere. Naive in a good sense. There’s no irony revealed or secret winks to the listener, just an outfit of young people singing their hearts out in the unique musical sensibility that makes most sense to them.
And as far as the sound goes, the beauty created with well-crafted melody and broad-spanning instrumentation that cascades from the realms of anthem as well as sits quietly with you as a whisper. Most importantly In Three Persons is deep and powerful in the clear attitude of worship to complement the completely original approach (in Christian music realms). Even more exciting is the band’s self-proclaimed congregational classification. And it’s hard to argue when you come across lovely, worship-centered lines such as in the standout atmospheric track (“Every Breath Is a Chance”):
Every breath is a chance
to sing of your worth.
Now I finally understand
the reason of all the earth.
The songs that stood out as particularly ready for congregational settings were “King of Love” (use: up-tempo response to a message of grace), “Heart Starts Beating” (use: progressive churches will be delighted with the celebratory communion/resurrection song with a charming hook and little riff for the guitarist to lift the spirits of the singers), and “Wonderful Jesus” (use: down-tempo, reflective, exhale moment of worship).
As In Three Persons moves to its second half, we leave the 1980s in certain ways and the songs get a little less congregational, although they remain just as passionately worshipful in beauty and poetry. Lovelite is an exciting find. If you feel stuck in the mire of monotony being released fairly regularly in our chosen genre, discover this new song for yourself.