Any Hillsong release is significant considering their global influence on the worship music environment. “Empires” is a record that knowingly discards that label, instead choosing to articulate the prayers and meditations of a group of talented songwriters, regardless of who might be listening.
“Empires” progresses further along the direction of 2013’s “Zion”, partnering layered synths against an electro-indie backdrop. Lyrically, “Empires” leans toward the poetic and personal, but tracks like “Here and Now (Madness)” have real potential for congregational settings.
The dualistic themes of the “Empires” album cover really reflect the push-and-pull between the current worship music scene and where the “United” brand is going. Definitely worth checking out.