Have you ever listened to a band that challenged your thought processes and hooked you immediately? Kings Kaleidoscope did that for me. Their new EP, “Live In Color,” will transform your view of worship, hip-hop, and rock music. Kings Kaleidoscope is a 10-piece band that is a mix of a rock and symphony. This band has signed to Bad Christian, an organization formed by Matt and Toby of Emery who were originally a part of Mars Hill Music.
The song Defender comes out at you with a fury. You quickly hear the arrangement of the different musical instruments that somehow flows together into a passionate cohesive song. The song is about God being our defender who gives us joy and protects us through his grace. Higher Throne is a cover from Kristyn Getty that King’s Kaleidoscope has added their own touch, too. This is a slower song that builds into a faster tempo. This song is about God being our higher throne and living for him. Felix Culpa, which is Latin for “fortunate fall” has a ska and hip-hop sound. The abundance of God’s grace is the theme of the lyrics. Fix My Eye slows the EP down. This song is very ambient, intimate, and raw. You hear a piano, cello, violins, and harp. God is our strength is the song’s theme. Be Thou My Vision is a twist on a well-known hymn with another raw intimate sound. The song is about God being present and our focus throughout life. Seek Your Kingdom has a piano introduction that goes into vocals with different instrumentation. The song shares that in the midst of uncertainty we are called to seek God and he will provide through it all.
Overall, this EP along with the accompanying YouTube videos, show a band that is ready to break out of the “worship” bubble and gain a wider audience. Being signed to Bad Christian will make that happen. The vocals on this EP stand out. The lead and background vocals complement each other in a profound way. Lyrically this album takes listeners on a journey of spiritual reality and reflects honest crying out to God.
Instrumentally this EP is good. Having a wide variety of instruments can distract the listener at times. I would like them to make the instruments more cohesive in the future.
My favorite track is Seek Your Kingdom. I love the lyrics and instrumentation.
This is an EP that is perfect for people that are open minded to hearing a twist on modern worship and music, in general. I would rate this 4 out of 5. This is a great EP and I would buy it again if it became lost.