"You Light Me Up In The Dark" by The Hounds Below is a very catchy and anthmatic Indie Rock album.
On my first listen of the opening track I thought "Oh, this is Christian Rock". Scanning their tags and description, however, there appeared no mention of "Christian"... this seemed surprising to me, especially since a case can be made that the album title... and even the band's name have scriptural origins.
Listening on to further tracks the spiritual theme comes and goes, and I realized they're not classified as Christian Rock because it's not really all they're about... rather their faith is apart of their music because it's a part of their life.
The production of the album is of quite high quality- and as far as very digestible Indie Rock goes, this is pure ear candy. Songs like "Conversations" are slow ballads that build lightly on an epic sounding piano line, eventually growing into a very important feeling sound. Many songs seem to have a very "youth anthem" sound to them, personified especially in songs like "Deathcab Song"and "Lost in the Waves".
In many ways "The Hounds Below" reminds me of "Black Rebel Motorcycle Club", true BRMC has more of a roots rock sound... maybe the comparison can be made simply on a song structure and production scale... also their use of scriptural elements within themes is executed in a similar fashion... rarely pulling the focus in an abrasively preachy way, but all the while keeping their faith in the picture.
"You Light Me Up In The Dark" by The Hounds Below"