After releasing two studio projects, a remix album and touring relentlessly, BEC Recordings’ expressively rock band, Falling Up, prepares to unleash their third LP, Captiva. This album follows their debut album Crashings, which garnered sales exceeding 100,000 and numerous chart-topping Rock and CHR singles (including R&R Rock song of the year), and the follow-up Dawn Escapes that was equally received by radio and press. The upcoming October 2 release possesses the creativity that shapes the band’s sound in addition to melodic heavy rock with emotion.
Captiva is a three-dimensional, dynamic exercise that captures the strengths of their first two records while introducing a deeper, more profound element to the music. Ribordy explains the expansion of their sound:
“I really wanted to bring back some of prominent synth sounds of the 80’s,” states Ribordy. “On the other records I was into modern electronica, but on this one we took it back. Also, we wanted to tap into the diversity and dynamic on this record. Our past records were pretty straightforward rock with a couple softer songs. I wanted to bring dynamics into individual songs so the album as a whole would be more interesting from front to back.”
Running the gamut from the metaphorical to the candid, the lyrical content of Captiva is multi-faceted and dynamic, paralleling the sonic qualities of the record. Ribordy is heartfelt and reflective, with an intelligence that cannot be denied. On the opening line of “How they Made Cameras,” Jessy lays a clever and heartfelt foundation for what is to come: feeling the glass to tell how cold it is outside the car. It is as if he is testing the waters in preparation for a courageous dive into new sonic destinations, asking the listener if they are prepared for the ride.
The airwaves have played a major role in shaping the impact of Falling Up and promises to play an even larger role in the influence of Captiva. “Hotel Aquarium” will undoubtedly serve as one the year’s most influential singles at rock and CHR with the heavy driving guitars. “Maps,” a worshipful tune, will propel the band into the uncharted waters of AC radio.
With a formidable touring history under their belt, including past jaunts with Pillar, TFK, Kutless, and Hawk Nelson, Falling Up has a more-than-solid base to build from as this record expands into new markets. They promise to continue to bring an enigmatic manifestation of new songs, which will both captivate and stimulate. Worship will be the response, without a doubt.
Date: 30 July 2007