Grey Fidelity | Tow’rs [music review]

As we continue through 2017, a lot of musicians are releasing music in response to current events on a wide-scale level.  But at the end of this week, an indie folk band named Tow’rs will release an album which responds to some of the personal, everyday problems we find ourselves in. Often Tow’rs takes an indirect approach to answering these problems. They have realized that issues which aren’t clear-cut often have solutions of a similar ambiguous nature. Even the voicing of those answers is sometimes more effective when put into metaphors and analogies instead of blunt statements. Many of their albums are written in this manner.

Tow’rs self-titled album was released in 2014. This album allegorically portrays man’s relationship with God, and how it is full of both shortcomings and salvation. Each song explores a different aspect of man’s failures and God’s perfect fulfillment. The album holds a sense of humility as the singer comes to realize that he, along with the rest of humanity, does not reach the expectations set before him. Various themes clash against each other throughout the album, contrasting the despair in people’s inadequacies and the complete hope in the light brought by the dawn of the resurrection.

Tow’rs second album, The Great Minimum, was released in 2015. The album starts off with The Kitchen, which has the feel of a love song with a hint of regret and a touch of hindsight about bad decisions. Throughout the album, the artist explores different cases where we only see the negative sides of experiences and argues that they also hold so much progress and change for the better. The album closes with Porcelain in which the artist concludes that “fragility is a gift that we don’t see”.  Struggles, disaster, and hitting our breaking points are actually what bring wholeness and fulfillment to our lives.

Tow’rs next album, Grey Fidelity, releases Friday, March 10th. The album is summarized by saying there are issues in life that don’t have conclusions. The only way to get through those issues is to have fidelity. Often this term is only associated with marriage, but Tow’rs explores what it looks like to have fidelity to vulnerability, social justice, and hope. The path of this album is not meant to lead to certainty or to find the black and white, but to find a way of “existing in the grey space—where the result of this devotion, whether it be rejection or reward, is unknown”.

2 Comments on “Grey Fidelity | Tow’rs [music review]”

  1. Those are intense lyrics- “Fragility is the gift we cannot see.” Is it the fragility that is a gift or the pain itself?
    Your writing is very deep. Enjoyed learning about a new band.

    1. Tow’rs first record was one of my favorite music discoveries a couple years back. Definitely check that out. I had lost track of em, and I can’t wait to hear this new record.

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