Music Review: Exiles by Foldinglights

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Updated January 05, 2018
Music Review: Exiles by Foldinglights
FoldingLights Fear The Night

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Fear The Night
Let My Head Decide

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Michael Peter Ball is the artist behind FoldingLights. Taking musical influences from fellow Irish bands like The Frames, Snow Patrol and Foy Vance, Michael writes about faith, love, death and everything in between.

The intensity of his songs are born from the tension of the sometimes bleak, yet ever beautiful Irish landscape. He is equally at home performing on the stages of music venues around his native Belfast as he is leading worship in his home church.

FoldingLights is an artist capable of creating a soundscape worthy of audience escapism. If you catch a show them you may understand why.

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Exiles by Foldinglights
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How on earth did they manage to build so much into just 5 tracks? Michael Peter Ball is the man behind this music and he's definitely got something special about the way he puts his tracks together. Even just looking at the track titles you can see that you are looking at something a little bit different to many of the releases on the Christian market.

"Fear The Night" is the lead single and kicks off the EP and gives us our first impressions which are good. A strong rhythm on the guitar with solid vocals take us on a journey which is a love song to God. Sometimes there is ambiguity in this type of song, but there is none here, as this is a reminder that God leads us and there is no need to "Fear The Night". Whilst the lyrics are definitely working towards worship, the style of the song itself stays more mellow, it certainly doesn't feel like something you would find at Bethel or Hillsong, but reminds me of the album I recently reviewed by Pyramid Park. "Noose", as the title suggests, is a little bit of a bleaker track. Keeping the clear sound of the guitar strings this adds a darker depth with the synth / piano as it tells a rather morose story. I love the sound and the feel of this track in it's difference from the more sunny "Fear The Night".

This brings us to "Nehemiah" who regularly makes the rounds as a topic for sermons, he is less popular in a musical format. This track though is pretty clear and is a brilliantly succinct message. It tells of Nehemiah's heart burden and how he reacted, and how we need the same heart in us. The catchy chorus of "Rebuild, rebuild" is simple but powerful. "Let My Head Decide" gives a bit more space to reflect on life and the various things it throws at us. The idea in the song is that it isn't just the heart that should guide us in these things, but we should let our heads decide. This more open sound allows a little more depth to come through from the vocal as well which shows that there is more range than the early songs suggest. There is a depth here in these songs and the overall soundscape makes you want to listen and give the song a chance, which is good because there is some excellent stuff in here.

The final track is called "Rebuild" and while you may think that this is just a reprise from "Nehemiah" it isn't. It's a worship song in it's own right which leaves this album on a rather nice light and high, and slightly wavy, note. I like that there is a whole range here, from the driving worship opening the album through some despair and into a more reflective note of praise, but throughout there is the hearts cry for God to heal and renew his people and the world around us. This is a great album and well worth a listen, but I don't think one listen will be enough!

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