Australia duo Eric & Monique have just released their new album "Everlasting." Their folk-pop style has often been compared with the music of All Sons and Daughters and Gngor. "Everlasting" is produced by Dale Willis and mastered by Grammy award-winner William Bowden, is an album encased with motifs inspired by Isaiah 40:28, yet fleshed out in lyrics loaded with gravitas, raw honesty and deeply biblical content.
Musically, the album is the fruit of collaboration, with a cinematic thread woven through elements of folk, pop and alternate sounds underscoring raw and emotional vocals. In production it was decided to focus on genuine and honest moments rather than flawless performance to service the lyrical content of the album.
With a lyrical narrative of two acts, Everlasting, at it's base level explores the struggle between doubt and faith. In opener "Temporary", Australiana flavour encases specific language that lays out the struggle of Romans 7:15-25. The classical flavours of Eric's skilled piano are layered in the cinematic orchestration of "Don't Miss The Boat" to express the lyrics "This world is out of control. Spinning round in circles. Blurring all our morals. What's right? What's wrong?" This inner conflict is continued in "Doubting Thomas" with a soundscape echoing anthemic qualities and the lyrics "I know that You're there, even when I don't feel so". With a folk melody of acoustic guitar, mandolin and banjo, Everlasting's centre track "Surrender" concludes the album's first act dealing with spiritual struggle and points towards the second act that focus' on faith and the Everlasting God. "God Is Love" and "Thank You" were the only two tracks on the album for the vocals to be recorded in one take each. This detail imbues a quiet atmosphere of praise in both the carefully crafted lyrics and the sparse, raw instrumentation. The closing track "There We Rise" is a jubilant call in both lyrical content and orchestration that follows Eric's piano towards to the hope and assurance we have in Jesus Christ.
Since 2010, Eric & Monique have travelled extensively as God has opened doors for their faith-driven music ministry in USA, United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, New Zealand, and throughout Australia. Their music has also been featured on the Australian Christian Channel, Hope Channel, and 3ABN. As they continue to spread the Gospel through Word & song, their prayer and focus is that Christ alone will be lifted up and given all the glory.