What do you do when you have produced three Independent EPs, been the opening act for some of Christian music’s top performers, signed with Sparrow records, received a Dove nomination with your first label release, and watch your lead singer marry Michael W. Smith’s daughter? If you are the Tyler, Texas-based quartet known as Luminate, you shrug and release your second album, and you call it Welcome to Daylight.
This high-energy, synth-driven project exudes the reality of the band’s name and highlights how they define their mission: “to shine light into darkness.” With each successive track you get the sense that you are watching the sun come up. According to the band’s website, their overarching goal is to “show people that they have purpose when they think they have none.” With Welcome to Daylight they achieve this by combining sensitive lyrics with a soundtrack that fills the space with electronic ambience.
More: As a great addition to your personal listening collection, Welcome to Daylight blends incredible electronic sounds with the message of hope that comes from a relationship with Jesus.
Less: More tracks like “This Ends Tonight” would provide a break from the foundational synth pop sound pervading Welcome to Daylight.
Randy W. Cross