[I know you’re thinking: “#NewMusicMonday on Tuesday? What continent is she on?” Relax. I did it on purpose. And still in North America, for the record.]
Today we finally meet Cloverton, a Midwest-based Christian rock band with a sound you wish you’d heard before now.
When I first met Cloverton’s musicians four years ago, I hesitated. I really wanted to like their music, but I wondered if it would feel and sound like all the other fabricated, feel-good fluff mass-produced for religious audiences.
It didn’t. What a relief!
Cloverton consistently delivers heart-wrenching, piano-driven rock ballads with all the right electrifying highs and lows. Raw lyrics, 100% syrup-free, discreetly but openly spill their guts about pain and fear and the moments of grace and mercy when God enters the room. Cloverton’s lyrics draw from a deep ache of genuine humanity, while at the same time remembering the healing crash of the divine in the midst of everything gone wrong.
Singer-songwriter Lance Stafford is a true poet, creating music that not only performs but also worships. It’s no surprise, since that’s where he got his start, as a worship leader in a small town, Midwestern church plant, alongside his brother, Layne. The current collaboration includes four band members, each aspiring to the height of his musical craft, passionately elevating the music to excellence with spine-tingling electric, throbbing bass and unstoppable percussion.
Since the band’s inception, they produced two, four-song EPs, Take Me Into The Beautiful in 2009, and The End Is The Beginning, featuring a music video of the title track. [Watch the video here.]
Today the band launches their first full-length album, Patterns, funded through a Kickstarter campaign this past spring. Within only 12 days, their goal of $20,000 was met, and at 30 days, it more than doubled. The success of the Kickstarter fundraiser revealed the massive potential success for the upcoming album.
Today you can preview and purchase the album right here. Just click the album cover below.