A Tropical Journey| Posted October 10, 2016
This month sees the release of celebrated Christian EDM artist Matthew Parker's second full-length release under DROM (the EDM branch of Dream Records). Infused with elements of tropical house, this top-40-ready album will have listeners grooving in no time.
Opening with the title track "Adventure," the album begins in a whirlwind of new and exciting sounds. The catchy "Ghost" provides the perfect trance soundtrack to a weekend drive. "Unstoppable" gives an arcade-like, techno feel similar to that of Capital Kings. "I Ain't Got No Money" is by far the most poppy and feel-good track. All about having a good time without needing to buy anything, featured guest vocalist Spencer Kane confidently belts out "Imma do me tonight, and the best part is I ain't got no money."
The most musically complex track (and my personal favorite) is the energetic "Down in Flames," which is jam-packed with synths and electric guitar riffs. Followed by the wistful "Heaven Calling," Parker yearns for the day he will enter eternity: "I can hear heaven calling from the distance / Hold on, I'm coming soon."
"Night Sky" starts off unassuming, but suddenly transforms into a hypnotic dance track embellished by the sound of chirping crickets. Parker confesses his love for his significant other amidst the flute-like hip hop of "Remember Me:" "I may be out of my mind, but that's 'cause you're on my mind / I think about you every day." The song ends with a hidden track-- a groovy tune with B. Reith vibes.
The next few tracks are musical and lyrical anthems. HillaryJane aids Parker in a metallic jab at the music industry in "System Victim," and Brad Dring of Rapture Ruckus sprinkles a touch of funk over the busy swing rhythms of "Spark" as he proclaims "There is nothing that can take this light away / We are ablaze with an eternal flame."
On a more somber note, "Gone" is about the loss of a loved one, and is complemented by bass drops, symphonic hits and lyrical cello phrases. The most worshipful track is "Dynasty," which expresses one's need for God, accompanied by a plucked synth, an on-fire rap courtesy of Cash Hollistah and an epic bass drop. "Tidal Wave" contains the best combination of lyrics and music. Watery tracks and deep bass notes drift in the background while featured artist Micah Ariss declares "Oh, King of the world / You're coming one day / With thunder You reign / Like a tidal wave."
The last two songs are adorable professions of romantic love. "Fly" is mellow and warm, complete with an unforeseen bass drop. "My Love" is the unassuming finale, complete with sappy and heartwarming lyrics: "I'm by your side until the end of the world / We'll make it together, my love / It'll be an adventure, my love."
The Bottom Line: Matthew Parker has created a dreamscape of colorful synths, whimsical melodies, tropical house and larger-than-life bass drops that will sweep listeners off their feet. He has truly set a new standard for Christian-crossover EDM that could take the industry by storm.
Song to Download Now:
"Down in Flames" (Get it on iTunes here.)