The Church: Steven Kilbey, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles, Marty Willson-Piper.
Additional personnel: David Trump (baritone guitar, background vocals).
Producers: The Church, Nic Hard, Tim Powles.
Recorded at Spacejunk Studios, Sydney, Australia.
The Church: Marty Wilson-Piper, Peter Koppes, Tim Powles, Steven Kilbey.
Recording information: Spacejunk, Sydney, Australia.
Formed in Australia circa 1980, the Church refines its graceful, moody, melodic pop-rock on FORGET YOURSELF, with those close, oddly comforting harmonies and glistening guitars sounding as supple and distinctive as ever in 2004. Three-fourths of the original band remains--bassist Steve Kilbey's pointed, slightly raspy vocals and the sleek, moody guitars of Marty Willson-Piper and Peter Koppes are joined by new drummer/producer Tim Powles. FORGET YOURSELF is a bit darker and more brooding than the Church's emblematic '80s sound, with previous overtones of '60s folk and rock complemented by some progressive/art-rock influences. The hazy "June" recalls both the Syd Barrett daze and the languorous WISH YOU WERE HERE era of Pink Floyd. "Nothing Seeker," with its compelling, mounting tension, and the dreamy, feedback-accented closer "Summer" prove beyond any doubt the Church retains its knack for introspective yet pulsating gloom-pop.