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The Church’s Of Skins and Heart

The Church are a great Australian new wave band that were sadly overlooked in the rest of the world through much of their career. I’ve been listening to their first album, Of Skins and Heart, and it’s really an excellent collection of jangly, proto indie pop songs. There are some great, off-kilter harmonies and beats, but it stays cohesive, restrained, and really catchy. There’s a consistency on this record that their more famous contemporaries never attained, and there is definitely more to them than funny haircuts. Over the past quarter century, they’ve evolved through many different styles to varying degrees of success, but their first effort is definitely a cut above what most other people were doing at the time. If you like XTC or Echo and the Bunnymen, check these guys out.