After an epic return to Australian stages, ARIA Hall of Fame inductees The Church announce their forthcoming 26th studio album ‘The Hypnogogue’. A thrilling preview of what’s to come, the world-class legends welcome hypnotic new track C’est La Vie ahead of their anticipated album release.
New arrival C’est La Vie offers an atmospheric blend of indie rock and post-punk echoes, effortlessly layered with euphoric guitar tones and melancholy undercurrents. Without retreading creative steps, The Church hone in on their bespoke sound, giving listeners a curious glimpse into the new album.
Bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey gives his thoughts on the new record; “The Hypnogogue is the most prog rock thing we have ever done, we’ve never created a concept album before. It is the most teamwork record we have ever had. Everyone in the band is so justifiably proud of this record and everyone helped to make sure it was as good as it could be. Personally, I think it’s in our top three records.”
Recently released single and music video The Hypnogogue, set the stage for the album’s striking science fiction narrative. Steve unpacks its themes that tie the album together; “The Hypnogogue is set in 2054, a dystopian and broken down future. Invented by Sun Kim Jong, a North Korean scientist and occult dabbler, it is a machine and a process that pulls music straight of dreams.”
Their expansive music career yielded a string of hit songs including Under the Milky Way, Reptile, The Unguarded Moment and Almost With You amongst others and their equally stellar live shows have been deemed “spectacular” by MAGNET Magazine and continue to win the hearts of industry and fans across the world.
The renowned five-piece line-up is made up of bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey along with long-time collaborator, drummer and producer Tim Powles, who’s remained a staple across 17 albums since 1994. Joining them is guitarist Ian Haug, who has been strumming with the band since 2013 and formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger. Touring multi-instrumentalist talent Jeffrey Cain is now a full-time member since the departure of Peter Koppes in early 2020. Rounding out the members is the newly recruited Ashley Naylor is one of Australia’s finest guitarists and is a long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band. Entering their fourth decade as a band, The Church continue to remain a treasured creative force.
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