The Church – The Hypnogogue (Single)Release Date: August 29, 2022
“‘The Hypnogogue’ is set in 2054… a dystopian and broken down future,” explains Steve Kilbey, bassist, vocalist and founder of seminal Australian psych-guitar masters THE CHURCH about their new single “The Hypnogogue”. “Invented by Sun Kim Jong, a North Korean scientist and occult dabbler, it is a machine and a process that pulls music straight of dreams.”
The latest single from the ARIA Hall of Fame inductees, “The Hypnogogue” is a swirling, textural epic that captures the band’s trademark psychedelia-tinged post-punk dreampop and imbues it a modern sensibility that’s heightened by a mix from Darrell Thorpe (Radiohead, Air, Beck). “The song is about Eros Zeta the biggest rock star of 2054 who has traveled from his home in Antarctica (against his manager’s advice) to use the Hypnogogue to help him revive his flagging fortunes,” he continues, fleshing out the song’s science fiction storyline. “In the midst of the toxic process, he also falls in love with Sun Kim and it all ends tragically (of course…as these thing often do).”
Entering the fourth decade of making music and playing live shows with all the fierce creative energy of their early years, The Church have been hard at work on their 26th album, the follow-up to 2017’s Man Woman Life Death Infinity which PopMatters called “a 21st-century masterpiece, a bright beam of light amid a generic musical landscape, and truly one of the Church’s greatest releases.” Planned for release in early 2023, its first single “The Hypnogogue” is just a precursor to the music that the band is prepping for release.
Starting out in 1980, The Church have continued to expand their highly cinematic and atmospheric blend of indie rock, shimmering post-punk, icy dreampop and psychedelic post-rock without retreading their steps. Their expansive music career yielded a string of hit songs including “Under the Milky Way,” “Reptile,” “The Unguarded Moment” and “Almost With You”
The 2022 epic five-piece line-up is bassist, vocalist and founder Steve Kilbey; with long-time collaborator Tim Powles, drummer and producer across 17 albums since ’94; guitarist Ian Haug formerly of Australian rock icons Powderfinger, who joined the band in 2013 and Jeffrey Cain (Remy Zero), touring multi-instrumentalist who is now a full-time member of The Church since the departure of Peter Koppes in early 2020. The band have also recruited Ashley Naylor, long-time member of Paul Kelly’s touring band and one of Australia’s finest and most respected guitarists (Even, The Grapes, The Stems).
“The Hypnogogue” is now available for pre-save on your favorite streaming platform.