When it comes to uplifting beginnings, few artists have as heartwarming a story as Crowder. The musician fondly recalls the precise moment of inspiration: “It was the last tour of the David Crowder Band, and I had no idea what was coming next. We were topping a hill while the sun was breaking over tree tops on a tiny West Virginian coal town. The dominant architectural feature, bathed in sunlight, pointed to the sky determined and defiant, was a steeple. Here, in the early morning sunshine, I imagined a harder time, when a simple structure in the middle of a town could point to something higher. In that moment, topping a hill in rural West Virginia, with new sunshine in the early morning air, I knew I wasn’t done making music and I knew I wanted whatever I made next to feel like that: a thing pointing up in the middle of all this.”
Neon Steeple, the debut solo studio album from Crowder, is a collection of songs and sounds looking forward to the past and counting the present as sacred. It is a longing for belonging, a search for home. It is a collection of choruses that believe that this is not all there is. It is the sound of the Appalachians and Ibiza, folk music, and EDM. It is folktronica, both digital and analog. Neon Steeple is both a critique and a hope.
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