Indie, Hardcore Musicians Worship on Tonight

Artist:  The Glorious Unseen
Title:  Tonight the Stars Speak
Label:  Tooth & Nail

In theory, I like worship music. But, I often have trouble connecting with both modern worship and hymns (let alone Southern Gospel). Apparently, I’m not the only one. Enter The Glorious Unseen.

This Nashville-based worship project is what happens when musicians from the indie and hardcore scenes seek to create their own worship music. Singer/guitarist Ben Crist had been leading worship for a small Bible study when a few friends persuaded him to incorporate one of his original songs into the worship set, with favorable results. As the church grew, so did the band; and Crist began to write more songs for worship.

Eventually those songs came together as the album Tonight the Stars Speak. Produced by Steve Hindalong and Marc Byrd (Leeland, Jeremy Camp), Crist & Co. have made a beautiful record that somehow fills the void between Sigur Rós and Pedro the Lion. Lyrically, the album is a call to worship, focusing on encountering God’s presence, His greatness, and man’s inadequateness and dependence on Him. The music complements the message well, taking cues from ambient and space music, with shimmering electric guitars and huge reverb that create a mood of etherealness and transcendence, but with overdriven amps and drums that keep it from simply fading into the background. Crist’s voice ties it all together with an understated confidence that adds to the album’s urgency.

Tonight the Stars Speak is a different sort of worship album, but it’s not different just to be different—there is a definite sense of authenticity here.

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