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The Church

This long-running Australian band has enjoyed revered cult status and top-of-the-charts success in alternate measures, but never varies in the quality or passion of their music. They're crack purveyors of dreamy, lightly psychedelic pop with jangling guitars and enough strum-and-drone to prevent things from getting too pretty. The peak of their U.S. fame was the lovely mid-career single "Under the Milky Way," released in 1988. Like any good marriage, members of the Church have kept their union strong… Show more

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Jul 21, 2007 - cserrano
It's an exquisite corpse, and its lips are red

The Church may be the best band in the entire world. Or maybe not. A moderately successful band that's managed to influence just about every band coming out of Australia today. They had a hit... can anyone name it? I guess they had a few more in Australia, but nothing major.

They're a musical anomally. Eternally outside of time and space, except when they want to be. I've loved them for years. Steve Kilbey would write the Dead Sea Scrolls if people hadn't already, I'm sure of that. One day he might claim to have done so in a past life. Just you see... The funny thing is, I'd believe him.

They have their moments... their pop moments, their "experimental" moments, their rock n roll moments... For a man who sings about ghosts and magicians and star crossed lover in ancient Perian myths over swirls of ambient sounds, Mr. Kilbey has a keen sense of rock n roll. At worst, an academic take on Marc Bolan and Jim Morrison... at best, hymns for a coming race. Always otherworldly, but always as intimate as a half-forgotten memory.

Everyone knows the "Starfish" album... "Under the Milky Way", "Destinations", the exquisite "Hotel Womb" (one of the best songs ever)... But "Seance", "Priest = Aura", "Hologram of Baal", "After Everything Now This"... the list goes on. Over 2 1/2 decades of music making under the pop idiom... managing to progress and evolve through all of it. Melodies copped from other worlds via a band that, if they keep it up, will one day actually turn into a ball of light (or at least convince their fans they have... not a hard task).

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