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A curious case that of The Church. One of the most unreachable bands in the planet as for their wisdom and pop depth, but also of the ones which had been more forgotten over time and due to the fact that they live in the antipodes, there where kangaroos jump and koalas sleep holding onto the trees.

Known worldwide at the end of the 80s with the song Under the Milky Way, from their successful album Starfish (1988), the fame and sales gave them the slip at the beginning of the 90s after editing underrated work as Gold Afternoon Fix (1990) and the superb Priest=Aura (1992). That is when the period of drug addiction of the singer Steve Kilbey started.

It is likely that this period of crisis, personal and of the band in general, influenced their next work, Magician Among the Spirits and Some (1996), a tough and complex album that marked a new time for the band. Aware that they had lost the commercial battle, they enjoy themselves with their strong identity, their thick pop drifts towards a kind of unclassifiable rock, and in the XXI century they are capable of signing such stupendous albums as After Everything Now This (2002) or Uninvited, Like the Clouds (2006).

This Further Deeper is already their album number 21, that’s nothing, and it was recorded without Marty Willson-Piper, Steve Kilbey’s usual right hand. Not that the album delivers anything new to the sound of the band (at this point in their career it is not about that either), but it is a good letter of introduction for whoever wants to take interest in the universe of The Church.

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With more inspiration than their previous release, Untitled 23 (2009), here we find Kilbey’s absorbent voice again in dreamy landscapes which advance lazily, Pride Before a Fall or Love Philtre would be suitable examples, good melodies in the fabulous Delirious or the lighter Laurel Canyon, some transcendental stuff off their head so typical of them, as in Globe Spinning, or the usual guitars phrasing, of which the master Peter Koppes was in charge in pieces like Miami or the initial Vanishing Man.

A highly recommended album for those who want to discover them.

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