Bonray - Turn My Eyes

Published Tuesday 24th July 2018
Bonray - Turn My Eyes
Bonray - Turn My Eyes

RATING 8 8 8 8 8 8 8 8
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 166716-25929
LABEL: Provident
FORMAT: Digital Only Single

Reviewed by Ian Homer

The four-piece band of siblings from Pennsylvania have been making headway with a series of singles and this was the title track to their EP released last year. Co-written with producer Brian Fowler (TobyMac, Mandisa) and Jonathan Smith (Zach Williams, We Are Messengers) this is their first foray as a band known from their founding in 2014 for their gigging and vlogging covering artists such as Needtobreathe, TobyMac and even Justin Timberlake. An easy, warm guitar chord progression underpins this feel-good track which compares modern day life, "My phone keeps telling me there's a million ways to find where my hope is but it's a lie", referencing it back to Hebrews where it is written, "Let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith" (‭Hebrews‬ ‭12:1-2‬ ‭NIVUK‬‬). With the main vocal taken up by the older Jesse and his younger sister Morgan providing some counterpoint through choruses, the track then brings in some fine slapped bass and synth augmentation to broaden out the sound. The setting for the video is one of a lake shore party in keeping with the watery allusions in the song and flits from Jesse singing or playing an acoustic guitar (which we'll forgive sounds nothing like the neck pickup used on the electric in the studio), the ensemble and those of sister Morgan looking wistful and miming some backing vocal. The lyric overlaid footage hangs together ok and is in keeping with the summery feel of the track. You really need to see the video to make sense of the song ending where they all jump into the water!‬‬‬

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