Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars by The Church

Release date: March 26, 2024
Label: Communicating Vessels

This latest effort from Australia’s long running band, The Church, was intended as a companion piece to their highly acclaimed album, The Hypnogogue. The band was selling it at their merch table on their tour for The Hypnogogue. As with many of their recent releases, the band traffics in drawn out psychedelic, sonic dreams. They restrain themselves on song length except for one 9 minute opus.

The album opens with a pair of songs, ‘Realm of Minor Angels’ and ‘Pleasure’, which are two of the best songs on this release, and remind one of the classic material that made them indie stars. Kilbey is in fine voice on both tracks, and the production is crystalline. Wonderful work! ‘2054’ is an interesting song. First, it would be the year that Kilbey turns 100, and he laments many of the issues we are facing today. Somewhat sad, but the uplifting music saves it from being too somber. ’Manifesto’ is another hit to be, with some beautiful instrumentation framing Kilbey’s vocals. ‘The Immediate Future’ has some compelling cosmic psych swirling in the mix, and it’s an unexpected treat. I fixated on ‘Pleasure’ so long that I did not give this record a proper run, so I’m so glad that I am now. ‘Sublimated in Song’ is simply lovely, with a beautiful arrangement. ‘Korea’ lacks the mystery of other tracks, but it is a fine slice of jangle pop with cool electronic passages.

 

‘Song From the Machine Age’ is rather cool, with ominous overtones rushing by, before it’s reduced to Kilbey’s stellar bass work fronting the mix. ‘Last Melody’ has a fuzzy synth accompanying Kilbey and never once does it burst into the highly melodic jangle pop that a seasoned listener like me expected. ‘A Strange Past’ is long at 9 plus minutes, but it has an engaging musical arrangement. ‘Music From the Ghost Hotel’ is the album’s coda, and it’s a good way to close down this suite of songs. With a band as prolific as The Church, I’d be hard pressed to say where this ranks in terms of quality, but it’s a good, solid recording from one of my favourite 80s bands. Keep ‘em coming, Mr. Kilbey.

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