Peter Furler's Sun and Shield album promises raw appeal
AFTER selling seven million records, former Sunshine Coast musician Peter Furler could have easily retired to a beach in Florida and not produce another song.
But anyone who knows the founder of international Christian music sensation Newsboys, knows Furler is not the retiring type.
Put simply, he loves creating music - something out of nothing - too much.
And while the music is still in him, he still keeps making it.
Furler, who grew up in Mooloolaba and Adelaide, is about to release his first band project since leaving Newsboys.
He describes his new album Sun and Shield as having more of a 'raw' appeal, likening it to crafting something that is hand-stitched rather than mass produced.
Following on the 2011 solo success, On Fire, the new album, to be released on March 11, features big guitar sounds and pounding percussions as well as some reflective mid tempo tunes.
Furler, the man behind a staggering 27 #1 radio singles is more than happy with the album with critics describing it as one of the strongest of his award-winning career.
Re-teaming with long-time producer/lyricist Steve Taylor for the first time since Newsboys Gold-certified Adoration album, Sun and Shield finds Peter Furler Band -- featuring Dave Ghazarian (formerly of Superchick and Audio Adrenaline) on bass and Jeff Irizarry on drums.
The album combines an ambitious collection of new songs with a more muscular, band-driven sound that harkens back to the glory days of Take Me To Your Leader.
"I was particularly keen to capture the moment of musicians getting together in a studio...the performance, rather than over-tweaking...over thinking the production or worse, relying too heavy on the slickness of software,'' Furler says.
The former Queenslander is well known for killer hooks in his songs and Sun and Shield doesn't deviate from that appeal with each track building in new layers as they progress.
The upbeat Sun and Shield is an anthem of encouragement for the weary while the edgy, guitar-driven Dare I Say details the daily battle with adversaries.
The album features clever, insightful lyrics describing everything from dealing with shame to finding the right/wrong girl.
Two of the strongest tracks on album will take fans back to the days of Adoration.
The worship inspiring Yeshua features Furler's father-in-law, music legend Mylon Le Fevre, while the We Won't Forget ends the album on an emotion-charged high.
Timed for release during this spring's tour with Third Day and Skillet, Sun and Shield is undoubtedly the sound of an artist at the peak of his creative powers.
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