Kingdoms is a collection of indie-pop worshipful songs written by Melanie and Drew Enterline. While a number of these tracks might not become a part of the regular Sunday morning worship music rotation, there are still some incredible gems for worship leaders. Furthermore, they are deeply rooted in scripture and are handled with care.
Filling the album are synth-driven songs, like "All for Love," "Here and Now," and "Miracle," that have a pleasantly haunting sound reminiscent of 90's legend Dido with a blend of synthetic and natural instruments. This beautiful combination provides for quite a lovely listening experience. The title track is laden with 80's synths that give the song a bit of electronic whimsy, all the while singing of the greatness of God. As Melanie Enterline proclaims, "Kingdoms rise, and kingdoms fall, but Yours will be forevermore. In our hearts, Your love has won, now we are Yours," the truth of Jesus' lordship takes center stage.
"Hallelujah (My Heart Belongs To You)," and the bonus "Heart & Soul," feature a more organic sound while still retaining contemporary instrumentation. Enterline uses these moments very well to break up the polish with these lyrically raw tracks. In the future, it would be interesting to hear an entire album with this style.
In this reviewer's opinion, "It's In You" is the crowning jewel of the album. This wonderful reflective ballad dwells on the beauty of John 15:5, "I am the vine, you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing." Without a doubt, it is truly a gift to treasure when an artist can musically translate scripture with such creativity. Up and coming songwriters should take note of how Enterline humbly let scripture inform their lyrics, not the other way around.
Enterline has crafted a very strong worship album that is sure to please many listeners. The band's knack for catchy hooks, encouraging lyrics and well-arranged instrumentation makes Kingdoms an album that is sure to gain momentum quickly. We should all set our hopes and expectations high for this band's future.- Review date: 7/31/18, written by Ryan Barbee of Jesusfreakhideout.com
Record Label: Calvary Creative
Enterline: Thanks so much! We really appreciate it! My wife (Mel) and I met through the local worship music circle in Southern California and led worship together for a few years. After we got married, we spent our first year together writing and recording our first EP. We have spent most of our lives leading worship in the church and music is a passion that we both share. We had never written a whole song separately or together before but felt it was something we wanted to try together, especially because wherever we would play, people wanted to know if we had a CD they can listen to. It was kinda one of those things where we didn't want to wonder "what if" we would've made a project, so we went for it. We also felt like God was calling us to take a step of faith and He continually showed his provision throughout both of our projects. Our goal has always been to write, record, and produce all of our songs without compromising the quality for our listeners. We pray that our music can inspire, uplift and connect to our listeners. In the midst of recording both of our albums, we balanced several jobs each to make ends meet, and after 5 years, we are doing music full-time and excited for what's ahead.
Enterline: The inspiration behind Kingdoms is the message of LOVE. This is not just the kind of love that you just talk, but a love that is evident and shown, like the love of God. We believe that we have an incredible opportunity to be apart of the Kingdom of God, here on earth. We can all have our own "Kingdoms," whether that is building up your business, social media, or career, for example. These are all good things, but when we were writing this album, we had to ask ourselves if we are doing everything we can to help build the Kingdom of God to our fullest potential. In the world, we see so much hate, violence, and division and we know that love is the only thing that can defeat this kind of hate. Unfortunately, we have seen Christians mistreat or disown people who needed love the most. We know that us as a church can overall be making a bigger impact. We have seen division in the church and hope to see more unity among Christians so we can make a bigger impact in our world today. Our message behind Kingdoms is to inspire and empower others to break down the walls of division or fear in their lives and run towards freedom.
Enterline: This is a hard one! For Drew, it would have to be between U2's "Joshua Tree" and Coldplay's "Parachutes". For Mel, it would have to be between No Doubt's "Tragic Kingdom" and Eisley's "Room Noises". So I guess our top 5 records that have inspired us the most would be:
1. U2 "Joshua Tree
2. Coldplay "Parachutes"
3. Switchfoot "The Beautiful Letdown"
4. No Doubt "Tragic Kingdom"
5. Eisley "Room Noises"
Enterline: Recently, we have been listening to Florence and the Machine, Bishop Briggs, Broods. I would say those are the most influential right now.
Enterline: The future plans for Enterline are to work alongside with a manager, continue to share our music and play concerts/events. We would love to tour more in the future. We plan on recording a few singles in the near future and to continue to write, produce, and record albums.
Enterline: If we had the opportunity to tour with 3 artist/bands in our genre, our choice would be Switchfoot, Hillsong United, and For King & Country.
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