14 Songs, 53 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Music and message fuse seamlessly on this Southern California–based Christian quartet’s third album. Fronted by the married duo of Andrew and Jen Polfer, the band embodies an otherworldly sense of reverence in textures that recall the heyday of ‘80s techno-pop. Swirling synthesizers and programmed beats are wrapped in layers of reverb, framing vocals that testify to God’s majesty and grace. “Brother Sister” and “Sand and Stone” are particularly striking in their Cocteau Twins–like washes of sound. Andrew’s earnest vocal manner contrasts with Jen’s dreamier bearing, giving their harmonies a pleasing balance. The band’s lyrics emphasize spiritual gratitude in language that mixes pop hooks with the stateliness of traditional hymnody. At times, the album’s sonic architecture grows cavernous, as in “Your Love Is as Wide as It’s Tall." Other tracks, like “Teach Me,” approach the same themes of praise and surrender in more intimate settings. Lovelite avoids familiar praise music modes in favor of something more individual and, ultimately, more moving.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Music and message fuse seamlessly on this Southern California–based Christian quartet’s third album. Fronted by the married duo of Andrew and Jen Polfer, the band embodies an otherworldly sense of reverence in textures that recall the heyday of ‘80s techno-pop. Swirling synthesizers and programmed beats are wrapped in layers of reverb, framing vocals that testify to God’s majesty and grace. “Brother Sister” and “Sand and Stone” are particularly striking in their Cocteau Twins–like washes of sound. Andrew’s earnest vocal manner contrasts with Jen’s dreamier bearing, giving their harmonies a pleasing balance. The band’s lyrics emphasize spiritual gratitude in language that mixes pop hooks with the stateliness of traditional hymnody. At times, the album’s sonic architecture grows cavernous, as in “Your Love Is as Wide as It’s Tall." Other tracks, like “Teach Me,” approach the same themes of praise and surrender in more intimate settings. Lovelite avoids familiar praise music modes in favor of something more individual and, ultimately, more moving.

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