Artist: The Brilliance
Single: World Keeps Spinning
Rating: 4 stars
Overview: Following on the heels of Suite No 1 Oh Dream, The Brilliance is back with new concept record Suite No 2 World Keeps Spinning: An Antidote to Modern Anxiety. First single “World Keeps Spinning” sounds like latter day Beatles, struggling against the pervasive loneliness we feel in a world where social media passes as community, and we wonder if we can ever love each other.
Yet it’s a hopeful song, positing that true community can provide a balm against anxiety and disillusionment.
“I wanna hear the song of peace / Would you sing it over me?
Can you help me to speak though I stutter?”
Their signature orchestral pop benefits from a mashup of classical pieces like Bach’s Passacaglia and Fugue in C minor, and Stravinsky’s Firebird. The layers provide texture while thrusting the listener forward like an intricate story plot that is racing toward conclusion.
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Bobby and Kristen Gilles live together as husband and wife in New Albany, Indiana, part of the Louisville, Kentucky metropolitan region. They serve at Sojourn Community Church of New Albany, where Bobby is Pastor of Operations & Community Life, and Kristen is Director of Children’s Ministry and a worship leader on the Sojourn Music team. They write songs together and collaborate with leaders throughout the multi-congregation Sojourn Church.