I stumbled upon this band from HCC Live Church in Yokohama a couple of days ago. While I don’t have a lot of information on these guys, they’re based in Sapporo and have been in action since 2006.
I was initially confused by their name though (Night de-Light or Night Delight? Later on I found out their name means 暗闇に光を – to be “a light in the dark”, or “to light up the darkness”). While the US and UK markets are already saturated with Christian music on most fronts (contemporary music, rock, worship, instrumental… one can nearly find some sub-genres within the Christian music domain alone), it’s rare yet pleasing to hear that there’s more good material coming out of the East – and I say it’s about time.
I’ve had the good fortune of being exposed to music from a wide group of artists and churches in this part of the world – Pastor Sidney Mohede & the True Worshippers team (Indonesia), Campus Worship (South Korea) and Streams of Praise (Taiwan). Yet, in spite of the abundance of amazing talented musicians in the land of the Rising Sun, there’s a very clear dearth of material for the Christian community with some translated songs from Hillsong and True Worshippers, and even fewer original pieces.
Thankfully though, the view is about to change for the better.
While Night-de-Light has never been explicit about their Christian background, it’s no secret that they’ve been visiting churches on a regular basis. Their lyrics also carry less subtle themes of hope, courage, and a sense that there’s something bigger than ourselves to live for. “Shinbou Person” is one example. Quite cleverly using the katakana text, it covers a few words that are either pronounced as “shinbou” (辛抱 – patient, enduring; and 信望 -confident) or carry a similar tone “shinkou” (信仰 – believing; in context, a person living a life of faith).
I’ve just purchased all three of their releases (2 singles, one album) from their website. If you pay via PayPal, don’t be surprised to see a different merchant name under “Generous Givers”. Apparently it’s a legitimate 3rdparty provider based in Japan (you can visit the owner’s blog here but it’s all in Japanese). I will update again when the goodies arrive.