Devon Church: We Are Inextricable
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 remarkablyassured 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 Cohenesque pop poetics into an ocean of drone, psychedelic minimalism, harmonic noise, and distortion tinged,angelic ambience. The result is a wellcrafted 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.