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The Mantis and The Moon reviews:

"With intriguing acoustic instrumentation, dreamy storybook lyrics, and poignant takeaways, Mantis may be the most effective Nashville singer-songwriter EP in years." (5/5 Stars) CCM Magazine, September 2013.

"In this day and age, it’s a nice feeling to be able to see the heart in a project. Truly get behind it without qualms, with a belief that the artist’s aim is true. Kind of like finding a modest, dust covered book in the library shelf only to open up a world of hidden treasure. " Holly Etchison,The Blue Indian

"Fascinating music, songs, production."- Andrew Peterson, Songwriter/Author

"A truly superb example of musical storytelling, The Mantis and the Moon is full of solid songwriting and lilting melodies to delight the listener throughout the entire project"(34). -Shawn McClaughlin,?Christian Musician Magazine

"The finest of pleasures for music fans combing through the independent ranks is stumbling upon that hidden gem. Chris Slaten, the man behind Son of Laughter, offers an undiscovered treasure this summer with the sweet yet substantive melodies on his new EP, The Mantis and the Moon. " -Matt Conner,?CCM Magazine Interview

"It’s hard for me to hear “The Mantis” and resist pushing repeat; that’s high praise from over here." Independent Clauses

"I loved it immediately. It sounded like a sweet mix of Paul Simon and Josh Ritter. When I got home, I left it in the car on purpose so it would ambush Jennifer the next time she went for a spin. When she came home later, she got out of the car demanding to know the name of the gorgeous CD and who it was. She too had fallen head over heels for it." - Pete Peterson, The Rabbit Room

"We hosted a Son of Laughter show in our home. Chris Slaten's songs peeled back our surfaces and reminded us of longings and hurts and loves we had not known how to voice. The songs were honest and raw, as well as redemptive. He provided us a space and a common language to reveal our lives to one another, and people remained late into the evening sharing God's story in their own lives." Dr. Tim Basselin, Assistant Professor of Media Arts and Worship - Dallas Theological Seminary