Christian music can get a bad wrap. The first thing I usually think about when people mention Christian music is bad rock music. I immediately think about four guys trying to rock in epic ways but who just end up sounding overly pretentious and way over the top. Flight_Mode is a six-piece band from the UK comprised of Lara Adams (vocals, acoustic guitar and piano), Taylor Adams (vocals and acoustic guitar), Jordan Lowe (drums and percussion), Ryan Lowe (lead guitar), Chris Malone (keyboards) and Ben Scott (guitar, banjo, vocals and egg shakers). From the picture on their website they look as if they might not even be out of high school yet. Fortunately, they make music that sounds well beyond their years.
I think the hardest aspect of liking Christian music when you're not a Christian is that it can be preachy. Artists like Sufjan Stevens have succeeded in reaching a diverse audience because he is a great storyteller. Lyrically Flight_Mode feels anything but preachy and in fact a lot of the lyrics on their EP Fireflies have nothing to do with Jesus. Take for example the first song “Fireflies.”
Adams sings “We'll dance a foreign dance / We'll sing of a lost romance / The night sky fills with light / We are broken, but we will ignite/ Burning bright.” Musically, the songs sounds soft and omits warm shades of nostalgic and melancholy. Adams certainly has an attractive voice that will sound good no matter what type of song she is singing.
“Made To Fall” is a bit more upbeat than the first track and contains a rich variety of instrumentation including banjo, guitars and piano. It is a fine song that was well written and feels easy going down. Towards the end there is some impressive string work you won’t want to miss.
There is a slight chance “Dance” might make you shed a tear while the closer “King” is only a little over a minute long piano ballad Overall, the EP goes by quick but has some emotional weight. Take a listen and if you enjoy the music support it because the money is going to a good cause (More info at their website).
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