10 Songs, 46 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released simultaneously with the more rock-oriented Hours, Midnight on Earthship finds Falling Up offering devotional music with an otherworldly twist. The album’s contemplative songs paint widescreen pictures of spiritual pilgrims reaching out to find God as they grapple with loneliness and confusion. Lead singer Jesse Ribordy’s vocals combine choirboy-like sweetness with an underlying pang of longing. Acoustic guitars and pianos dominate, with analog-style synthesizers and electronica beats brought in at key points. “Sky Circles,” “Down Here," and “Summer Song” achieve a melancholy eloquence in their portrayals of stranded believers seeking the light of faith. Particularly powerful is “Greyling Morning,” a slow, brooding track that’s both humble and heroic in tone. “Home” (a retelling of the prodigal-son parable) and “Bruise” (filled with sweeping, reverent imagery) help lighten the album’s often-somber mood. “Tomorrows”—a prayerful soul-cry sung to the Savior—closes the album with a burst of hope.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Released simultaneously with the more rock-oriented Hours, Midnight on Earthship finds Falling Up offering devotional music with an otherworldly twist. The album’s contemplative songs paint widescreen pictures of spiritual pilgrims reaching out to find God as they grapple with loneliness and confusion. Lead singer Jesse Ribordy’s vocals combine choirboy-like sweetness with an underlying pang of longing. Acoustic guitars and pianos dominate, with analog-style synthesizers and electronica beats brought in at key points. “Sky Circles,” “Down Here," and “Summer Song” achieve a melancholy eloquence in their portrayals of stranded believers seeking the light of faith. Particularly powerful is “Greyling Morning,” a slow, brooding track that’s both humble and heroic in tone. “Home” (a retelling of the prodigal-son parable) and “Bruise” (filled with sweeping, reverent imagery) help lighten the album’s often-somber mood. “Tomorrows”—a prayerful soul-cry sung to the Savior—closes the album with a burst of hope.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
55 Ratings

55 Ratings

RockTheJake ,

Uplifting music that is creative, not trite.

Over the course of about October 2012-February2013, Falling Up released two albums via a track from each album bi-weekly. One was Hours, a concept album of a story Jessy Ribordy has had in the works for some time now. The other is Midnight On Earthship, not necessarily a "praise and worship" album, but, as he said, a more uplifting album of music meant to be more human and reflective to a higher power.

The majority of the album is very stripped down and soft, sometimes relying on just an acoustic guitar (Down Here) or a single piano (Greying Morning [my favorite track]). But there are a few energetic songs like Rooftops, Tomorrows (a fantastic closer to the album), and Bruise.

The lyrical content of the album is steps above the rest of the "uplifting" field these days. Far more creative lyrics and thoughts than on most CCM radio stations (to be bluntly honest). A particular lyric that has stood out to me since I first heard it is "suffered gold". You just don't hear interesting metaphors like that often. Another good example of great lyrics is in the song "Summer Song". It seems to tell a story (of what is up to the listener to decide) and it has a great flow with the music.

Speaking of, the music is absolutely and masterfully composed. For the softer, more intimate feeling, the instrumentation is spot on for each song. Jessy Ribordy really got to flex his musical muscles on guitar, piano, and synths for this project and it shows.

Overall, it's an inspiring album that will leave you with a thoughtful and good attitude towards the music and the new thoughts in your head. It's a must buy.

"The Chad" ,

Amazing

Falling Up has released this album for awhile now and it's nice to see it on iTunes for everyone to buy. This album shows a very indie and chill sound. It's not like the old Falling Up we know and love but it's still a great sound. I fell in love with album very quickly so give it a chance and show some love to this band. They grow with every they make it shows.

Titchdog ,

Blurred Yet Sincere Worship Through Great Music

This is not a rock album like pretty much everything else Falling Up has done, it's pretty much their form of worship. If there wasn't an accompanying album, this would be quite out of the band's genre, and yet it speaks to the soft motivations behind every past song. It has simple life stories rapped up in every lyrically complex (astounding) song. Highlights for me are "Sky Circles", "Summer Song" and "Tomorrows". The song previews portrait pretty much what the album sounds like, but if you really want it to move you, buy the album and leave on repeat at night. It'll blow you away! Never a star less than 5 for Falling Up!

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