- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2003 1 Oct
For those who missed out the first time around, Apt.Core is an experimental project helmed by percussionist, programmer, and producer Will Hunt. The name is derived from "the belief that our soul, the core of our being, is made sufficient, or whole, through our relationship with Christ." Noting the popularity of so-called "trance" and electronica in clubs, particularly in Europe and America, Hunt sought to fuse the style with worshipful intent. The result was 2001's
Hunt began creating his follow-up on a laptop on a tour bus. Those musical ideas were further shaped in the studio, collaborating with other musicians for live instrumentation, vocals, and Scripture inspiration. The
Hunt sees a similarity between our desire to be creative and our hunger to know God's truths, and fuses them together in an effort to inspire listeners to both. He has a fabulous sense of rhythm and his production skills make me wish he were used elsewhere—perhaps a rock band, and definitely with programmed pop and remix albums. Apt.Core's creative sound is distinct from other Christian electronic and instrumental artists. It's not quite as pop as The Echoing Green, nor as monotonously dance club as Andy Hunter°, and Rivertribe offers more of a modern "new age" instrumental sound. If you like the skillfully constructed electronica of Moby and The Chemical Brothers, check out Apt.Core.
"No Such Thing As Time" uses a bouncy club beat and an almost Middle Eastern sounding vocal sample with Revelation 1:8 to express the Lord as eternal: "I am the Alpha and Omega/Beginning and the end/The one who is, was, and is to come/Almighty." There's also a Middle Eastern as well as an Indian influence, due in part to Alison Plum's hypnotic vocal, on "Mystery," inspired by Isaiah 55:8-9. "19" (simply named as the 19th demo recorded) features a Gregorian chant sample. "Light" (Luke 11:34) is a bit more pop sounding, resembling The Echoing Green; Hunt's voice is remarkably similar to Joey Belville's mournful tone. "Loved," a poetic response to Zephaniah 3:17, is the album's strongest potential for a single. Featuring the voice of K.C. Clifford, who sounds much like Out of the Grey's Christine Dente, the track builds from an open array of sounds into a cohesive rhythm.
But one considerable disappointment is the general ambience of
Even though the practical use for Apt.Core has changed from its first to second CD, I still like both albums because they help me learn Scripture verses more easily. They're not repeated ad nauseum or paraphrased or buried in the mix. A track will simply feature a verse, read perhaps two or three times, or use part as a verse and the rest as a chorus. I almost wish Hunt titled the tracks after chapter and verse, but at least the references are in the liner notes. Anything that makes you want to look up Scripture is a good thing, right? In that sense, maybe it's best that the music doesn't lull the listener into a trance. Combining that benefit with the artful electronic arrangements are enough reason to try both Apt.Core projects.