Falling Up moves to a bit more of a piano-flavored pop rock sound with Captiva. There's still lots of guitars and the "pash" rock stylings on songs like "Murexa" with its hints of crisply drummed alt rock and electronica overlayed by pop rock vocals, but the overall feel is more mellow and atmospheric than on some of their earlier efforts.
Only frontman Jessy Ribordy comes up with song titles like "How They Made Cameras" and "The Dark Side of Indoor Track Meets" and I have no idea what half of the lyrics mean, but they sound cool anyway. I especially liked "Good Morning Planetarium," which did make sense to me:
Is anybody out there, who's cold and incomplete, inside? / I can hear Him calling, Come and follow me, my child / the twilight turns to day, with all your love displayed / the stars they bow in awe, when the lost return to you
The band knows how to create catchy tunes that stick in your head and must be seen live to be fully appreciated, but Captiva should be a treat for most of their current fans and will attract others who didn't like some of the heavier elements in their first two projects.
I initially saw Falling Up live at GMA in 2004, where they amazed me with their energy. I've seen them perform with four different guitar players over the years, and I haven't heard who is filling the spot vacated by the departure of teen phenom Micah Sannan, or of keyboardist Adam Taylor, so I'll be curious to hear the new lineup. Originals Jessy Ribordy (vocals, keys), Jeremy Miller (bass) and Josh Shroy (drums) remain, creating something unique that points to their Christian faith in original ways. Enjoy Captiva.
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