AV CLUB: The Church in “February Music Preview”

The Church, The Hypnogogue (February 24)


Known in America for 1988’s album Starfish and the single “Under The Milky Way,” the Church’s career is far more expansive. The Hypnogogue is the this Australian band’s 26th album in 43 years, and while frontman Steve Kilbey is the lone remaining original member, their clarity of vision remains consistent. There’s a warm intimacy to this trippy, low-key affair that invites you to trance out into contemplative bliss. Elements of the goth, new wave, and space rock worlds that intermingled when they out started still coalesce here (“Antarctica” is a standout). Given the throwback vibes of so many modern tunes, The Hypnogogue works equally well as retro and timeless music. [Bryan Reesman]