On the Low Sky is Brett Vanderzee's inaugural indie rock album. The project's title is a line lifted from T.S. Eliot's "Journey of the Magi". Eliot's poem paints a familiar Biblical story in dark, wistful tones, and this is precisely Vanderzee's goal. From track one to ten this album is about the poetry and the characters. We hear King David's visceral mourning on "Hanging Between Heaven and Earth" and the plaintive cries of unspoken love on "Harlot and a Spy". The album's haunting closer-"Nightmares & Dreams"-is a look into the psyche of the Apostle Paul and his deepest regret. Vanderzee channels his own wrestling into these songs and addresses the fissure between faith and doubt. "It doesn't matter if you live in post-exilic Israel or postmodern America, faith has always been a struggle" says Vanderzee, "and these songs are an honest look at what it means to seek God through hardship." Sometimes the instrumentation is as straightforward as a four-piece rock band, other songs invoke everything from harmonica to accordion. The compositions center on Vanderzee's acoustic guitar and his voice is usually augmented by his wife Laura's harmonies. Laura, who painted the album's cover, is as integral to the sound as any other instrument on the album. "We've gigged a lot as a duo, so at the core of these songs is the chemistry of our voices" says Brett. Ultimately, this project comes down to the lyrics. From the emotional sketch of "Harder To Believe" to the book-of-Job-narrative "The Wager", every song is a glimpse into the inner life of a different character. Each line and phrase weaves together a tapestry of pain, death, faith and doubt. And through it all, there is Vanderzee, giving life to the stories and voice to the songs. "I hope we've made an album that will bring a fresh perspective to both people of belief and unbelief. There is incredible power in these stories and music is the best way I know how to tell them."