On their latest release, My Epic steps into new and uncharted territory. In many cases when bands do this, the release is often a total flop – examples of this include but are not limited to the latest Brand New release. However, on their latest release, Broken Voice, My Epic pulls off a step into new territory flawlessly.
The band, signed to Facedown Records, has never really fit in with other label mates such as For Today and A Plea for Purging, who are primarily hardcore-based, but it’s possible that it is this factor that works best for them.
On Broken Voice, the band has left their previous sound, which was very similar to Thrice and As Cities Burn, for a style much more similar to that of City and Colour. The release features seven brand new tracks from the band, all of which are masterfully crafted.
Often in the acoustic-based singer/songwriter genre of music, it is very easy to become cliché. However, My Epic avoids the clichés at all costs.
Musically, this release has more complexity to it than your standard indie release. The band does a great amount with complex string parts and ambient guitar parts that really add to the sound.
The best example of this is in the song “Alone,” which is brilliantly crafted. The song starts off with a guitar, violin, and hand claps, and builds into an array of sound in a way that is very similar to a Mumford and Sons song, but with a My epic flavor to it, featuring the ambient tones which they are known for even in previous releases.
The song “Lazarus” is another great example of this release’s complexity. While most of the songs on this release have a much heavier and intense feeling to them, this song is much more lighthearted, and features a unique organ sound that combines really well with the rest of the song.
On this release, the band takes an old church hymn and makes their own version of it in the track “Doxology.” This song is undoubtedly one of the most unique, because it truly is like no other version of this song that has previously been done. My Epic has taken a song that was written purely as, and is often performed, just like the old school hymn was written, and they have given it much more of a Mumford and Sons feel.
Lyrically, this release is set apart as well. Often Christian/Church music is associated by most with the term “corny.” That is because it often is exactly that. My Epic rewrites those standards, however, producing truly brilliant and thoughtful lyrics that are like nothing else in the Christian music industry.
My Epic did what many bands struggle with- they went in a new direction, but succeeded with it. Between the masterfully crafted songs and the beautifully thoughtful lyrics, this release is worth picking up for anyone who likes a well done indie release.