CHURCH, DEVON

WE ARE INEXTRICABLE (FELTE)

CHURCH, DEVON - WE ARE INEXTRICABLE 128729
Format:
1 LP
Release:
26.10.2018
Label:
FELTE
Kat.-Nr.:
128729
Barcode:
0843563105696
It can take years to find your voice. In the case of the Winnipeg-born, Brooklyn-based musician Devon Church, it took the dissolution of a decade-long marriage and creative collaboration (Exitmusic, a nightmare-pop project co-founded by Church's ex-wife) to send him down the road of discovering his own singular, rough-hewn-yet-elegant style.

Exitmusic is known for haunting soundscapes and hair-raising emotional climaxes. With his remarkably assured Felte debut, We Are Inextricable, Church applies his experience as a producer, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter to an equally absorbing solo project_one that plunges his Cohen-esque pop poetics into an ocean of drone, psychedelic minimalism, harmonic noise, and distortion-tinged, angelic ambience.

The result is a well-crafted exploration of samsara and nirvana, heaven and earth, two states seemingly coexisting in the songs themselves.

It's an entrancing listen. Sensuous, surrealist lyrics_touching on themes of romantic obsession, religious ambivalence, dysfunctional families, and the ineffable strangeness of human existence_are delivered in a ravaged, soulful baritone, approximating some chimeric offspring of two-cigarettes-at-once Tom Waits, a tripped-out David Bowie, and John Maus.

Trance-inducing, tape-saturated echoes of minimalist and ambient composers like Terry Riley, Pauline Olivera, Steve Reich and Grouper fill the spaces left by post-punkified chord structures, primitive drum machines, shakers, tambourines, and delirious, overdriven synthesizers.

RIYL: Tom Waits, Leonard Cohen, Mark Lanegan, The National, Crooked Fingers, Lee Hazlewood, Atlas Sound, Scott Walker
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. CHAMOMILE
  • 1.2. YOUR FATHER'S HOUSE
  • 1.3. CURSES
  • 1.4. NOTHING IS REVEALED
  • 1.5. NOW THAT I'M DEAD
  • 1.6. A WAVE ON LAND
  • 1.7. PASS THROUGH MY HEART
  • 1.8. WE ARE INEXTRICABLE
  • 1.9. SKY FOR US