271. Kaleidoscope Superior – Earthsuit
KALEIDOSCOPE SUPERIOR (2000)
At the turn of the millennium a wonderfully creative and “futuristic” band found its way on to one of the most conservative Christian labels, Sparrow. The release contained several songs from the bands prior independent releases. They were also one of the very best live bands I had ever seen. The were called Earthsuit.
A few years later they would be called Mute Math.
But before the great mainstream success of Mute Math the guys that made up Earthsuit released an amazing album that combined alternative, techno, Europop, reggae, jazz and hip-hop into a single wonderful musical delight full of chewy goodness. Stirring and stunning. Passionate and powerful.
The first single “One Time” fused the hip=hop and alternative sounds into such a wonderful musical experience that should have been a mainstream radio hit. As much as I love the Christian Music industry it is a band like Earthsuit that remind me that all too often creative integrity can be the kiss of death for a band.
Though clearly Christian in its content the album spoke in a language that was i=uncommon for the CCM industry, lacking the usual Christianese and instead using intelligent, original and imaginative thoughts to convey eternal truths. Again, the kiss of death.
The jazz infused “Whitehorse” is such a great groove, and a style they would later expand as Mute Math. There is almost a Steely Dan quality to the melody with an injection of progressive jazz and soul.
I remember when it was released that every review was just staggering and heaping praise as the next big thing. But this is Christian Music and the bulk of the fan base gravitates more toward Point of Grace and Zoe Girl than to bands like Earthsuit. It really is a shame as so much amazing talent has gone unnoticed and unsupported. CCM’s loss became the mainstream music world’s gain.