Acclaimed Bethel Music worship collective singer/songwriter Kalley is set to step into the solo spotlight with a two-EP debut October 25. Birthed in the aftermath of last year's California wildfires, the alt-pop/electronic Faultlines Vol. 2 overarchingly reaffirm Kalley's trust in the God who doesn't run from disaster.
The introspectively-focused Faultlines Vol. 2 was produced by Jason Ingram (Lauren Daigle, Cory Asbury) and also features six selections. The EP is epitomized by the deeply vulnerable track "Sanctuary." Written after the wildfires as Kalley struggled with fear and survivor's guilt, the song gives way to ultimate hope, praising the One who will "be my fence, my safety net, my reinforcing."
"His presence is the answer we're looking for--the nearness of God is what I need in these situations," explains Kalley of the prevailing theme of both EPs. "When everyone else is running away, Jesus moves in and isn't worried about the mess of it all. I see a Jesus not scared of our questions, running into the rubble, right there waiting, all that we need. Many of these songs came from unpacking that theme, as well as grappling with my own journey of letting go of control and trusting that He is Emmanuel, God with us."
"These songs are a souvenir behind the bigger process," she adds. "It's special to feel like you have something you can give away as a result of what you've walked through. He uses and redeems our circumstances, and I hope these songs can be a part of other people's journeys as well."
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A Worshipful Debut EP| Posted October 24, 2019 What You Need To Know: Kalley Heiligenthal is part of the Bethel Music group in Redding, California. She's co-written many of the band's songs, including "Every Crown" off Bethel Music'sVictory album, "Let The Redeemed" by Josh Baldwin, and the well known "Ever Be" that churches have come to know and love. Kalley has ventured into a brand new solo EP project called Faultlines, and has released in two volumes.
What it Sounds Like: Faultlines Vol. 2 is different than Vol. 1, and has more of a worshipful tune to it. It's quieter when compared to Vol. 1, and has more instrumental increments, like in Kalley's song "Vow." However, tt's still beautiful and just as well done as the first volume of the EP project!
The second song on the record, "Blessed," reminds me of The Beatitudes in Matthew 5:3-12. We're reminded in those verses that those who have gone through trials will be blessed, and the song reflects that truth. Through every struggle, through searching for God, He will bless us in the end. The song reflects many Biblical truths, and in one verse sings, "Blessed blessed are those whose hearts have been broken / they will they will be held / better than when they began." That line makes me think of Psalm 147:3: "He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds."
Best Song on the Record:
I love all of Kalley's songs, but my favorite on this EP would have to be "All That I'm After." The song reminds us that we need to pursue God. It also reminds us that we need to surrender our hearts to Him, and truly commit to Him. Surrendering to Him should bring us joy because he is all we need.
From the more worshipful remix of "Faultline" to the symphony of "Vow," Kalley has released an EP that will make any worship lover's heart explode. If you're looking for a worship record to help pick you up and encourage you through a stressful day, this one's for you! It's both a calming and reassuring album that speaks loudly of the truths of God.