"For the Weary Souls", This Hope Prevails - Album Review
This Hope Prevails just released their first EP, For the Weary Souls. This unique blend of ambient techno and indie seems almost reminiscent of Gungor with a bit more electronics involved. Though this is a local recording done in Alberta, Canada, the production quality is not lacking at all. This free 5 song EP is definitely something you will want to download.
The album begins with “Our Refuge” - this song grabbed me right off the bat. The electronica balances nicely with the ambient guitar, to set a nice atmosphere of worship. I love the chorus of the song which goes, “Jesus You are, You are Hope, for the weary souls, Your eyes are fixed on those, on those who fear You, Lord. You’re our refuge.” It just grabbed me as a song that would really exhort and encourage both the churched and unchurched. It is definitely a song I would consider for a Sunday worship service.
“Always” is a much heavier praise song. The electronic influence shines through here. The lyrics are great but often get lost in the volume of the electronica and instrumentation which is a bit of a detriment, but if the vocals were mixed better it would be a fantastic song. I love the ending of the song where they strip away all the instrumentation down to only an acoustic guitar and voices and play the classic hymn “Take My Life and Let it Be”. It is a stark contrast from the rest of the song yet really helps add to the overall theme and feel of the song.
“You Have My Affection” is the final of the five songs and is probably the heaviest song of the EP. I love the cry of the chorus - “Oh Lord, You are faithful Creator, You take hold of my life in Your hands and before You. I stand with my affection, You have my affection; You have my hearts cry.” It is a strong song and a great end to this EP.
I would say the overarching theme of this album is the salvation power of Christ, which is always a welcome theme. I enjoyed this album and think it is a good start for This Hope Prevails. I think they will have a good platform to build off of for future albums. It’s a solid 3 star album if you like electronica.
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