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Posted June 25, 2013
By Dawno,


Lead singer Chad Mattson and bandmates Mike Gomez, Jon Lowry, and Ariel Munoz comprise up-and-coming Centricity outfit Unspoken. While the band is still gaining recognition, their single “Who You Are” from their major-label debut EP charted in the top ten on Billboard’s NCA Chart and at AC radio. Follow-up EP The World is Wakingwill prove that success no accident.

While on a mission trip to the Dominion Republic, Chad Mattson met group co-founder Mike Gomez. The trip was a life-saver for Mattson who, by getting his hands dirty, came away with a cleansed heart. The band’s name signifies that active work is an unspoken display of God’s love while also serving as a prompt not to leave one’s heart unvoiced. 

From the opening verses of The World is Waking, it’s clear that there is an attitude of surrender to God and obedience to Him.

On the chorus to first track “Lift My Life Up,” Chad Mattson sings in declaratory fashion, “I lift my life, lift my life up / I give it all in surrender / I lift my heart, lift my heart up / You can have it forever. / All my dreams, all my plans / Lord I leave it in Your hands.” This uplifting track, Unspoken’s current radio single, is the result of a writing collaboration with producer Seth Mosley and Jason Ingram. Mattson, who displays impressive range with falsetto vocals, gives an energetic performance that demonstrates his spiritual resolve to hand control over to God.

Informed by Matthew 6, “Everything” confidently communicates the sufficiency of the Lord’s provision. No matter what life may throw our way, we need not worry, for God will provide. The chorus reminds that in Jesus, He has already provided all we need: “I have everything, everything because of what You’ve done / Neither life or death can take away the power of Your blood / And that is everything, everything, and will always be enough / If I only have Your love, I have everything.”

The lovely “In Your Hands” continues the record’s theme of surrender in a more intimate way. The album title is found in the lyrics which serve a two-fold purpose: reminding us that giving up control means spending time with God through prayer, while also comforting us with the knowledge that peace is gained through that connectedness: “The world is waking and I am here to meet You on my knees / When I’m with You, my soul finds rest / Cause I can leave it in your Hands.”

Boasting a pretty piano intro/outro and a tight melody, radio-friendly “Walking Away” seems poised to be a future single. It contains the lesson that getting everything you thought you wanted may not necessarily bring you happiness. True joy is found through spiritual rather than worldly means. Mattson again writes from the heart, drawing from his past battle with addiction. Significantly, the song celebrates not merely walking away from something – the world/darkness/trouble -- but walking into something – God.

By recording live around one mic in the studio, Unspoken captured a stirring raw energy and spirit on “Bury the Workman” that suits the subject matter – an account of the lives and sacrifices of Stephen, James, Peter, and Jesus, and -- most importantly -- Jesus’ resurrection. All of which prove that “you can bury the workman but the work will go on.” Fittingly, an EP that began with surrender ends with an anthem testifying to the unconquerable power of Jesus and those – past, present, and future – who devote their lives to continuing His work and His teachings.

Closing Thoughts:
The World is Waking, Unspoken’s sophomore EP on the Centricity label, is thematically centered on yielding control to God and living one’s life in obedience to and in relationship with Him. The personal yet relatable lyrics are delivered with a passion that ensures these songs will resonate in the listener’s heart. Unspoken has created an energetic, solid record rooted in God’s word.

“In Your Hands” and “Walking Away” are probably the strongest contenders for the next radio single, but raucous “Bury the Workman” will turn the most heads.

Song to Download Now: 
“Lift My Life Up”

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