A little while ago a Marist seminarian emailed me about his “sacred prog band,” the Radiant Obscurity Collective. I do not know what most of the words in that sentence mean, but I figured I would give the disc a spin; and I really enjoyed it. There’s a strong, ethereal woman’s voice, flutelike and lifting up toward the stars–it’s a voice like a shaft of moonlight, and the arrangements give it a lot of nice dark space to shine in. The guitar and bass are sometimes urgent (“Be Thou My Vision”), sometimes mumbling and meandering. Several songs reminded me of the Raincoats–I considered titling this review Godyshape–if the Raincoats got their lyrics from St Francis and St Thomas Aquinas and Rumi.
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