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Vinyl, July 5, 2013
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My Epic are back with Broken Voice , an acoustic-based EP filled with beautiful misfit songs written during the creation of 2010's Yet that didn't quite fit with the sound of that album. Now the band has made a home for those songs, simply written then fleshed out in the studio, on Broken Voice .
According to vocalist and guitarist Aaron Stone,
More than anything else Broken Voice is about joy. The last year of my life has been about finally learning that I don t have to fight G-d to get what I need. I don t have to prove myself to Him either. Jesus came precisely because none of my own methods would ever work. I had been striving so hard for perfection when all I ever had to do was surrender to it. I never knew where I was headed until G-d broke my will and gave me His. I never sung a song worth hearing until He broke my voice and made it His.
Broken Voice was recorded in March and April in Winston Salem, NC with Sid Mennon at Sleepwalker Studios. Sid and My Epic go back a long way, all the way to the days of recording demos, and the band wanted to pair up with him again for this EP so they could feel free to experiment with the sound. Most of Broken Voice was written at Machina House, a Christian mission house founded by the band in a poor neighborhood on Charlotte's north side four years ago. "The seeds of these songs, musically and lyrically were planted firmly in the soil of our home community," says Aaron. The band did spend a week in seclusion, locked away in a barn, "trying to make sense of all the parts, but overall it was a very smooth process. The songs had already taken their basic form in the living room and around the burn barrel at Machina House."
Broken Voice will be released July 5th, and although it is an altogether different sound for My Epic, Aaron notes "This record is not a permanent departure from where we have been headed in the past but simply another focused aspect of what the Lord has placed within us.Normally it would not be possible for us to put out two records one year apart but since these songs were so different it allowed us to keep creating in a vein that hadn t recently been depleted."
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 5.52 x 4.88 x 0.17 inches; 1.76 Ounces
- Manufacturer : Facedown
- Original Release Date : 2011
- Run time : 33 minutes
- Date First Available : May 12, 2011
- Label : Facedown
- ASIN : B0050GN0EW
- Number of discs : 1
- Best Sellers Rank: #369,412 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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No review of My Epic should fail to mention their very human (emotional), broken, and supplicant lyrics. This is a Christian band with something important to say about the human condition and connection (broken and otherwise) to God and His redeeming work and healing in our lives. Sometimes their lyrics take on painful tones, psalms of distress, but on "Broken Voice" they are more plaintive, reflective...calmer and more patient though still pensive. The first song to capture my attention with its lyrical content was the third song on the album, "Alone", whose lyrics are worth repeating as an example of what a consumer or fan can look forward to:
"Am I a barren temple left for newer ways
of speaking mysteries my veils cannot contain?
Should I prepare to winter spans again
of silent centuries pierced for only certain men?
What if I wake to find You've gone?
What if Your presence was withdrawn
& I was mistaken all along
to think I could become Your home?"
Thoughtful lyrics couched in emotion just as much as they are in reason and interpersonal connectedness. Like I said, no review of this band should omit this aspect of their art.
But I also must admit that on first listen, given the heavier strains within their first two releases, the quieter tone of this album caught me off guard and it took me several listens to appreciate the beauty and meaning that it has to offer. Fans of the first two albums might (rightfully) wonder where the messy, grungy distortion went and may find themselves missing My Epic's harder edges. But to them I would say "open yourself to the quieter, more melodious sounds and keep an ear to how they ply their still alternative sound; it's still deep and thick and takes some work, but like the other releases, you will be rewarded for listening." You just may have some work to do in the listening.
I understand that this is a very personal response, and you may not feel the same when you listen to these songs. However, I do think most folks will be able to hear the honesty coming through. My one complaint is that this album is too short. I really wish there was more. Maybe their next album will be in this same vein? Again, I haven't heard their previous albums, but I believe they have a harder edge. If they're anywhere near as strong as Broken Voice is, I'll be happy.
I enjoyed Broken Voice so much that I wanted to share it with my mother, who does not enjoy and understand heavier styles of music. She did like this, but she also misplaced it. Thankfully, Amazon had used at a very good price.