Song of the Day, June 19: Volumes by the Church

ChurchVolumesPersiaToday’s song is Volumes by the Church. After three solid albums, the Australian band released a pair of EPs in 1984, heralding  a transition and maturing of their sound. Remote Luxury was a dark, meditative set of tracks dominated by bassist/vocalist Steve Kilbey while Persia was a stronger, brighter effort with more contributions from the whole band.

The standout of the 10 tracks (aggregated in the US as the Remote Luxury album) is Volumes. Written and sung by guitarist Marty Willson-Piper, it’s a sneaky track. The music is chiming and bright and Willson-Piper’s vocal is fairly upbeat, but the themes of the song resonate rather differently. He explores the darker aspects of history, pondering just how much progress humanity has really experienced. With some lovely wordplay, he uses physical books as a metaphor for how we choose to apply the lessons of history.

Enjoy this great song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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