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Steve Kilbey—singer and founding member of the legendary Australian psych-pop group The Church—joins former Remy Zero guitarist Jeffrey Cain for a second studio collaboration that cements their musical sympathies. Cain provides a lush and variable backing to Kilbey's distinctive vocal phrasings. "Song of the City" re-creates the feeling of streetlights twinkling in an evening sky as a car slowly motors down the avenues; Cain sets up a meditative state for Kilbey's wispy and wishful vocals. "Old Black Spirit" recalls the sounds of fellow countryman Peter Milton Walsh's group The Apartments. The strings rise in strategic spots, but it's still Kilbey's stage. "Belle in Mid Air" and "Some Reverse Magic" shimmer and chime with chilling drama and durable pop hooks that’ll likely survive the constant replays given to addictive pop tunes. "Song for the Moon" works a nocturnal atmosphere with tinkering pianos and ambient strings. Fans who understand Kilbey's understated genius have much to celebrate with The Church's resurgence and this near-perfect endeavor.

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Some great tracks, but inconsistent

I hate to give this album only 3 stars, but there are only a handful of songs I like on it. Steve Kilbey's been in great form these last few years, with another Church album (Untitled #23) and the very good album "White Magic" last year, but the production values aren't always to my liking on this album, and it seems like Kilbey had trouble fitting lyrics to a few tracks and resorted to his white-boy rapping, which I've never cared for. The album starts and ends fairly strong, but lost me in the middle. Standouts include Song of the City, Old Black Spirit (my absolute favorite), Belle in Mid Air, and Song for the Moon. I'd include "The Headlight Child", but find the rinky dink drum machine sound to be cheesy and way too loud.


Formed: Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Formed in the early 2000s, Isidore is a collaboration between the Church's Steve Kilbey and Remy Zero's Jeffrey Cain. Richly layered and appropriately dreamy, the project began after Cain handed Kilbey, who was in the midst of a U.S . tour with the Church, a demo of an instrumental track he had been working on. Kilbey provided some lyrics and sent Cain a recorded version, sparking a creative surge that would result in a full album employing the same dynamic. The eponymous LP...
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