The Church – Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars

Australia’s The Church have been reaching for the heavens with their own brand of psych-rock for almost fifty years now, from eighties hit “Under the Milky Way” onward....
The Church : Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars
7.3 Communicating Vessels
2024 
The Church : Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars

Australia’s The Church have been reaching for the heavens with their own brand of psych-rock for almost fifty years now, from eighties hit “Under the Milky Way” onward. Yet frontman & songwriter Steve Kilbey journeys in many directions, such as last year’s dreamy, neo-Philip K. Dick Hypnogogue (QRO review). The Church play it a bit straighter – relatively speaking – on the psychedelic Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars.

A title like that does pretty much promise psychedelia, which Eros delivers, starting with the airy, more relaxed psych-loss of opener “Realm of Minor Angels”. Like much psychedelic music, Zeta is best when The Church make their music around something, such as the setting telling relax/resign of “2054”, over true meandering (like the almost ten minutes of the penultimate “A Strange Past”). But Kilbey knows how to range his style, from the love of “The Immediate Future” to the darker, starker (including guitar wail) “The Weather”.

Between The Church’s long history and Kilbey’s own prolific nature (perhaps only rivaled by Guided by Voices’ Robert Pollard), Eros Zeta and the Perfumed Guitars doesn’t stand out in this catalogue, but is more strong psych.

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