These are the lyrics from the defining first song entitled circles from Dante Bowe’s sophomore album Circles.(Bethel Music) These words are so fitting for the times that we are in right now. This is a time where many people are questioning the level of presence that God has in the world. Clouded by Covid19, protests and injustices for black lives and everything else happening in the world; many people ask, “God, are you there?” And we can all relate to what he’s saying because we all have “a story to tell.” Bowe brings us together on this revelation. No matter who you are, we all have something we’ve gone through that has made us reliant on God when we couldn’t do anything else. Yet through it all, this album reminds us of these two verses:
This album helps us remember that we are working with the same faithful, loving and merciful Father who walks by our side in every cycle of life.
Often times, listening to music we want a story, a feeling and a word. We eagerly search for that ethos, pathos and logos. Dante gives us all of that plus more. There are so many vibes in this project that pushes you from tears to smiles and from sound to sound. It had that 2005 Kanye with College Dropout emotional/familial appeal, then back home to your grannie’s church with the keys, to a sweet Cali vibe; It’s safe to say that this project is a 10/10. And that’s real, no gas. So let’s talk about it. When we move to the second track, okay featuring Trevor Jackson and LAEL we hear Dante say,
The harmonic blend of voices made me want to ask for a Chance the Rapper remix. (That is, If remixes are still a thing) That collab is something that the people need to rally for. okay truly makes you feel like driving down the street in a convertible with your pals, basking in the sun and the Son’s glory. This was a perfect segway into the album’s single joyful. The intentionality of curating a vibe was serious and I appreciate that. These songs remind us of the indescribable peace and joy that Jesus gives us.
And then you have just me which places a demand on self care. Time alone with yourself and God is what we all need. I imagine that this might’ve been Jesus’s anthem if it was out during biblical times. You know, His vibe whenever He’d go alone to pray. Imagine the disciples knowing that Jesus was about to dip when this song came on. But on a serious note, we need time alone to be refilled and to just be with yourself. Self time is healthy and necessary.
All God’s Children brings us into the love of who our Father really is. Bowe gives us a vivid picture of his family and their dynamics and situations. With references to his cousin Dominique who iso currently incarcerated and other family members, he reminds us that God’s love never departs from us but people do. So it is important to love and forgive while people are still present to do so. This song perfectly segways into real kind of love which depicts what real love is. “Something that doesn’t gives up easy.”
I won’t spoil the rest because I want you all to enjoy it for yourselves as much as I have. He has truly set the standard for good music ands summer anthems for 2021. This album is 13 songs of pure vibes. This one was for the kingdom! Thank you Dante.
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