Reviewed by John Cheek
Cheshire-based Trace kicks off this, the first of a planned three EP project, with "Yeshua" which could easily be film-soundtrack music, with drumming akin to Adam And The Ants circa "Kings Pf The Wild Frontier". Powerful and urgent, the sound of two sets of drums played simultaneously (or just the drum-part overdubbed) and the words, "Yes you are/Governor. . .," leave us in a grand, triumphant mood. Things then get sparse and reflective. "Access" has a UK garage-esque sound, not unlike Craig David, with a lyric all about Jesus giving us access to the throne of the Father. Haunting, spare, magnificent. Continuing on a similar trajectory is "The Flight", where we nearly rise up on wings like eagles, with possibly an Apollo 440 influence. "L-L-LOVE remix" and its instrumental (as the last track) is house as good as any heard in an Ibiza nightclub and a meditation on the opening words of 1 Corinthians 13. If things could possibly get any better, they do with "Speech Of The Silent Heavens", a gentle, exposed musing upon Psalms 49 and 118, featuring a beautiful guitar motif. Tremendous vocals and playing throughout also include a bass part from a Pete Townsend.
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