Thursday, 24 June 2010


The star of this month's edition of The Outer Church, Ian Hodgson aka Moon Wiring Club, has another ludicrously brilliant mix available for download here. The guy's like a child prodigy, only grown up. "Skillz!" as the late Guru might have exclaimed.


Another Vangelis classic, this time from 1977's Spiral. Like 'Suffocation', it's a long one, and the listener is really forced to wait until the emotional payload of the song's second section... but when it arrives, the effect is orgasmic and hyper-emotional, its gauzy drift sounding a little like something R&B producer The-Dream might come up with. I'm also curious as to whether Air are Vangelis fans... they must be, right?

Wednesday, 23 June 2010


This outro to this song is one of the most gloriously despondent pieces of music I have ever heard. It sounds like all hope draining out of a soul, a slow deflation of the spirit, a slumping of the shoulders, a slow descent into merciful oblivion.

Saturday, 19 June 2010


If The Outer Church has a deity - which you would expect, what with it being a church 'n' all - Vangelis would be it. The great bearded Zeus of synthesized splendour, he never gets the props he deserves for the remarkable run of albums he produced between 1972 and 1985, nor his contribution to one of the world's greatest progressive rock outfits, Aphrodite's Child. A few plaudits for co-writing the deathlessly beautiful 'State Of Independence' with Jon Anderson wouldn't go amiss, either. In any case, he does get played rather a lot at The Outer Church.


First off, The Outer Church has a podcast mix available for download at the website for Jonny Mugwump's fantastic Resonance FM show, The Exotic Pylon. It's rather good, as are the other podcasts from Time Attendant and Dolly Dolly, the latter of which is available later today. Go get 'em all, y'hear?

Secondly, I'd like to plug a new label called Cults Of Brasilia, named after "the real ‘new-age’ cults of the Brazilian capital Brasilia; a provocative collision of superstition and utopian modernity set in a science-fiction landscape of ultra-modern architecture." Their first release is the debut offering from α60, Themes From Utopia, which is a fine exercise in streamlined synthetic sonics comparable to Correlations-era Ashra, the more discofied side of Goblin and Lindstrom & Prins Thomas. Well worth checking.

Finally, above is the artwork for the next OC flyer. Nice innit? Many thanks to the hugely talented Laura O'Callaghan-White, who really should get a website so I can link her!

This post has been brought to you by the albums Contamination OST by Goblin and See You Later by Vangelis.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010


Woooooah...! Thanks to everyone who attended The Outer Church last Wednesday. Thanks to Ian Hodgson's ludicrously exciting hi-impact collision of Italo, Witch House, 8-bit and whatever else he felt like hurling into our gaping earholes, it was one HECK of a PARTY. I'm still quite dazed, as you can see from the above photo. I'm the one in the middle, looking a tad worse for wear.

The next edition - to take place on July 14th - will feature a guest DJ spot from local purveyor of "coastal slurtronic folk" Kemper Norton, whose wares can be sampled HERE. Good, isn't he? Exactly! So come, come, come to the Church next month and lay yourself open to what is sure to be a masterful selection of haunting soundszzz.