About Sabbath (via Noisetrade)
Sabbath is October Wedding's debut studio release. A collection of David's songs, the EP explores the depths of redemption through images of rest and healing. Vulnerable, ruminative vocals rise into textured, cinematic orchestrations and anthemic heights; shimmering walls of sound recede again into a place of rest. With a distinctive sonic vibrance and lyrical depth, Sabbath ushers listeners into a sacred space of rest and communion.
Reactions to Sabbath
Jesus Freak Hideout
"The term 'indie-folk' is thrown around a lot nowadays, with varying degrees of appropriateness, but the music often really isn't all that far from soft pop or contemporary sounds. It isn't super common for a band to receive that qualification and truly do it justice. But October Wedding is one of the latest and most promising products to appear out of that ever-growing and increasingly notable trend. Originally conceived by friends Kyle Werts and David Layser in 2010, and having tripled in size since then, Sabbath is the first official release from the talented sextet, and it doesn't take long before they demand some eyebrows to be raised. After a nice mood-setting instrumental intro, October Wedding revs on all cylinders for the title track with such a full and impressive-sounding auditory smorgasbord that one would never guess it was the debut single of an independent band. Each subsequent track continues to impress, from the fantastically-titled 'I'm Actually Starting To Believe,' the melancholy 'Holy Love,' the epic ‘This Is Your Breath,’ to the tender ‘Leper Song,’ and finally the faithful ‘Heaven Will Make It Right.’ Their intelligent use of strings and orchestrations, as well as their avoidance of the most common song structures and chord progressions, set them apart from most other indie worship collectives. Equally as impressive are the way the lyrics not only complement the music, but how they feel so fresh and thoughtful. Sure, listeners can catch glimpses of common worship buzzphrases here and there, but their execution feels anything but cliché. It is hard to believe this is only the first release ever from this talented collective, and they sound like seasoned recording veterans with a budget far larger than what it probably is. They inject a lot of life into their corner of Christian music, perhaps even superior to the life All Sons & Daughters gave the genre several years ago, and I am excited to see what the band offers next." (Mark Rice, JesusFreakHideout.com)
Solid Ground Reviews
“David Layser and October Wedding bring a sumptuously cinematic sound into their gospel oriented folk rock. Comprised of six members; Kyle Werts, David Layser, Ben Spencer, Eleanor Helai, Charisah Cleath and Asher Stanley pour their hearts into their instruments and produce sounds that overwhelm the senses and the heart...David Layser’s writing comes from the heart, and a rich theological background from his journey in faith and seminary. Sabbath exemplifies this in a wondrous lengthy EP… that thrives in excellence, not just from a soundscape perspective, but from a theological and emotional standpoint as well. Beautifully crafted, with exceptional attention to detail and emphasis on a relational journey with Christ, this is a must have for any Christian who desires to experience rest.”