White Magic [Import]
Pull back the red velvet curtain, switch on a spotlight and allow Steve Kilbey (ARIA Hall Of Fame inductees The Church) & Martin Kennedy (ambient instrumentalists All India Radio) to summon up their own brand of hypnotic reverie. Following on from their debut Unseen Music Unheard Words they prove their pairing is no side project but a fully fledged musical force on their second album, White Magic, a collection of 11 songs, lyrical secrets and a bed of Lynchian drenched atmospherics that will beguile and seep inside the consciousness of any unsuspecting listener. Reviews for debut album Unseen Music Unheard Words 4.5 STARS. Occasionally side projects can be something really spectacular. Steve Kilbey (The Church) and Martin Kennedy (All India Radio) have been working individually in separate cities on a series of songs that bury you in lavish dreamscapes. - Reverb Magazine 4 STARS Ever since Air's Moon Safari came out in 1998, the term 'chillout' seemed to be forever hijacked by Ibiza compilations. Fortunately Martin Kennedy, the man in charge of All India Radio's downtempo instrumentals since 1999, knows that while cheese and fine wine complement each other, their respective musical equivalents don't. So does The Church supremo Steve Kilbey; firm adherents to the quality aesthetic, the two share a similar approach to music-making. - Rave Magazine If you were aware of the best work by The Church; this will certainly ring a bell. Kilbey's silky evocative voice seductively narrates his suitably dreamy lyrics over Kennedy's cooly opiated atmospheric song structures, recalling nothing so much as The Church at their most stately, subdued and grand - George Parsons Dream Magazine 10.