“If you got quiet for a moment, finally put your faith where your mouth is, what are you afraid you’ll hear?”
My Epic – “Of Wilderness”
If there’s one thing My Epic is especially great at, it’s taking on big topics and addressing them comprehensively within a small space. Two years ago, their socio-physiologically themed EP Viscera saw success on both theBillboard Christian and Heatseekers charts. Now, with high hopes comes Ultraviolet, a new EP which has high potential to bypass its predecessor.
The five-song collection is themed on the same idea the closing track “Two Nights” addresses, which is that some things can’t be seen without advanced perception (like the eponymous ultraviolet rays to the naked eye). Although it is not a new approach for the band, Ultraviolet is perhaps their most provocative in challenging what we believe and – most importantly – why. Slow to follow religious norms and quick to challenge the status quo of faith and belief, the EP fits right into the My Epic mold.
More so than with Viscera, this EP is lyrically dense, respected as much for what is said as isn’t. In the third track, “So Be It,” they raise the question of the human capacity to hold absolute knowledge of God and his Word. Like only the ambient My Epic can, they choose analogous words that paint this picture poignantly in saying, “All the stars still hang in sequences, but I don’t know the sky.”
For those content in accepting belief systems as inherited traditions without flaw, this collection could be uncomfortable. The first track is full of lyrics that call out spiritual strength and how one’s faith can actually hold up to a test of its substance and source. Although the entire EP is atmospherically stellar, “Of Wilderness” reaches far beyond the other tracks with its profundity on this subject and its catchy sonic oddities.
The further the vetern My Epic steps into their career and the more life experience they get, the more theologically challenging their content becomes. Unlike some artists that find contentment in unreconciled questions, they seek to find answers rather than asking just to be sensational or ironic. For those looking to own their spiritual identity and connect with what it means on the most personal level, Ultraviolet could be the impetus for great enlightenment.