TUESDAY, JULY 05, 2011 |
Posted by: Elana Ehrenberg
I'll be honest, Christian rock sometimes scares me. The idea of needing to be saved when I'm just living my life is not something I want to hear in my music. That being said, I never even realized I was listening to Christian rock when I heard the beautiful, and somewhat eerie gospel sounds of Bodies of Waters latest album, Twist Again. Maybe its because the group incorporates the darker, too-cool LA pop vibe with their indie folk and 50s rockability charm. Or maybe it's because its some of the most creative and intricately arranged music I've heard in awhile. What I'm trying to say is, thank God for this new album.
Bodies of Water literally started in a closet. The core duo of David and Meredith Metcalf started recording songs just shortly after being married and living in a very small house where the closet was the only place they could keep their computer. They've come a long way since then with this third album release. Sure, their band has changed a little with their rotating circle of friends, but they now have their own home recording studio, they started their own label, Thousand Tongues, and even have a baby on the way.
They've also gotten inevitably older and that comes through on the melancholy songs of this latest release (compared to the brighter ones of albums past). David and Meredith seem to be in a state of mournful nostalgia on tracks like "You Knew Me So Well" and "Like A Stranger". On "Lights Out Forever", Meredith delivers one of the most haunting lullabies and probably the best melody on the album followed by a response from a full brass section; "Motifs are repeating/Our hearts they are beating/As one heart, at least for now/At least for now", she croons.
Repeating motifs is common throughout Twist Again, but that's one of the comforting aspects of the album. Expect the orchestral arrangements heard in one song to be slightly morphed in another, or saxophone soloing like in in "Rise Up, Careful" to make just a cameo in the following song. Bodies of Water continuously move back and forth between the ideas of earthly and heavenly love, conflicted by which they should be praising. Yet the repetitive, and sometimes doo-wop inspired rhythms on many of the songs juxtaposed to the ethereal lyrics and the trade-off between husband and wife vocals create a sense of grounding. Bodies of Water aren't trying to bring you and kind of catharsis. They're just like you, getting by one day at a time.