SPIN Albums of the Year: The Church, “The Hypnogogue”

After listening to countless albums throughout the year, here are the ones that resonated most with our editors.


Who determines the best albums of the year? Ultimately, it’s you. The best albums are the ones you love, without explanation. Here are ours. 

The Church, The Hypnogogue

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: True artists only get better with time. (And in case you need the reminder, commercial success does not define them.) This 2023 release by The Church —their 25th studio album—might be one of the most underrated and overlooked of the year, a gorgeous neo-psychedelia triumph, taking you on The Church’s signature alt-stargazing journey, though current and uncompromising. The single “No Other You” may best exemplify this album’s greatness, but I’d advise you to take the time to listen to The Hypnogogue in a single go, preferably with gigantic headphones, to properly transport you back to the magical, forgone days of authentic alt radio, when inspiration ruled over all else.

Matthew Thompson, Features Editor