Currently the most played single on triple j, it’s evident right from the get-go that Kim Churchill has done well with Silence/Win, his latest release. Opening with ‘Single Spark’, it sounds like he has for a moment been hanging out with an indie rock band because the instrumentation in the track is a lot more sparse than Churchill’s previous works. Jangly guitar lines and thundering drums are sure to get your head bopping along like it did mine. If you haven’t seen Churchill on this latest run of dates, it’s going to be awhile before he’s back again because he has a French/Canadian/European tour set up for the next little while.
As you would expect there are some slower delicate numbers on this album which shows how much Churchill’s composition and lyric writing has developed over the past few years since his last release. ‘Don’t Leave Your Life Too Long’ shows this ability prominently. A slow-burner of a track, it sounds to me that it could be covered by Maximo Park or Franz Ferdinand for ‘Like a Version’.
Having travelled all around the world playing music, this collection of tracks sounds like it’s been prepared for commercial radio, and although that makes me a little cringeworthy, it’s a great achievement for one of Australia’s hardest working singer-songwriters.
We’ve grown to know Churchill over the past few years with each album release, and we are shown a different side to him with this release. It will be interesting to see what the next chapter entails, but for the moment get your mitts on this solid folk-acoustic release.
Release: out now via independent release
Written by Tex Miller