In midtown Kansas City resides a church called Jacob’s Well. On the surface, it looks like most other churches; a place where people come together week after week to sing, learn, mourn, laugh and pray. Many things make Jacob’s Well unique; the most obvious, at first blush, is the music that resonates from every corner of the community. This church music is oceanicwaves of lyrics tumbling, beautifully-intricate sounds engulfing and swirling around as you sail out into the deep waters of lived-out theology. On the first album from Mike Crawford, Songs from Jacob’s Well, these words and sounds have been captured, written and recorded and are ready to be shared.
Part of what contributes to this CD’s distinctive sound is the sheer number of musicians involved in the recording. Twenty-five people stacking layer-upon-layer of music to create what is more like an indie-rock orchestra than a typical worship band. Lyrically, songs like The Magnificat and Horse and Rider borrow heavily from scripture, while others like Holy Lamb of God are reminiscent of traditional liturgies. Part rock anthem, part ancient hymn, part modern orchestral arrangement, part field recording; the songs on Even the Darkness add up to an unparalleled worship (and listening) experience.