Australian legends, The Church, have announced a release date for their much anticipated new album ‘The Hypnogogue’ – now due out on 24 February 2023 – and to sweeten the wait, they have unveiled new single ‘C’est La Vie’ along with news of an extensive US tour.
‘C’est La Vie’ sparkles with the classic sound of jingle jangle guitars and mountainous melodies – psychedelic and grandiose, cinematic and poised. Backing choruses add a shining lustre and Steve Kilbey’s voice is as enigmatic and dry as ever. Kilbey’s gift for story telling and poeticism is at the fore, the band behind him adept at creating a fitting sound track to the mystical journeys Kilbey embarks on.
The Church remain a veritable institution with their crystalline shimmering sound, insistent, pounding rhythms and dreamy, ethereal lyricism.
‘C’est La Vie’ is out now and available to download and stream here.
Kilbey says of the forthcoming album:
‘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.
The Church is now 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 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 who one of Australia’s finest guitarists and is a long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band.
The Church is setting off on a major US tour to launch the album. Details below.