Dark, brooding, melodic, soaring and falling; ‘Man Woman Life Death Infinity’ is everything you would expect from an album by The Church.
Steve Kilbey’s sweet lullaby vocals hum over the jangling psychedelic instrumentals, creating a moody uplifting sound. Kilbey has put the pot into the fire, quoted in interviews that he was high on marijuana while writing the album, and he credits this to the sounds and twists he has in the tunes and the vocals.
Kilbey calls the opening track ‘Another Century’ “one of the best” works he has produced. It is certainly one of the better tracks on the album. It is all very ethereal, and anyone who is a long-time fan of The Church will love it. ‘Before the Deluge’ is a classic The Church song, with jingle-jangle guitars and a lot of ocean references. “I have always marvelled at seas, rivers, and rain,” says Kilbey about the aquatic theme throughout the record. ‘In Your Fog’ is my favourite track after three listens, but all of the songs seem to grow on you at a different pace.
I am very interested to see how this album translates to the live performance, I have seen The Church from Bombay Rock at Surfers Paradise in the 1980’s to the Opera House in 2011, and the live performance is always something that sets apart some of the songs from this legendary Australian band.
If you want to check out The Church and hear the new tracks live, they will be playing The Triffid in Brisbane, on Thursday 30 November.