Sunday, September 20, 2009

Church: Songforce Crystal LP

Another Sunday is almost in the books and we have a fitting band, if only by name, to re-visit with their most recent full-length LP being released just over a month ago. Since our October 2008 review of Portland, Oregon based experimental trio Church, musicians Brandon Laws (vocals, guitar, moog, taurus, banjo), Richard Laws (vocals, drums, sampler) and Cristof Hendrickson (fender rhodes, minimoog, omnichord, glockenspiel) have enlisted the assistance of percussionist Lane Barrington to complete the expanded new lineup. The result is an impassioned, yet subtle new collection of songs titled Songforce Crystal which is now available through local labels SoHiTek Records and Tender Loving Empire. Between listening moments of building tension and various levels of disheveled release in which song-structures could easily come unglued, Church manages to lure our ears into a deep, dark celebration of how effective the utilization of experimental electronic means to support basic analogue instrumentation can be. Each and every song is beautiful in a way you are hopefully already listening to with the featured track Opposite People. The next live performance will take place tomorrow night, September 21, as Church takes the stage along with Sea Wolf at a Portland venue known as Mississippi Studios. A preview for you...

MP3: Opposite People

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