posted on October 9, 2014 at 7:51 pm
darkness you are my priestess

darkness you are my priestess

listened the record on a good system

its huge

every song is vital

every one is a mixture of dollies and sorrows

the strange turns an unbridled mind can only find

as we launch out back into the space that sent us

as we lash out against the storm overhead

and we march into unknowable futures all but unarmed

against the odds admittedly

it was unlikely we could still make such a good record

i hoped for it but didnt expect it

the detail is astonishing

sounds crowd up and rush by

guitars groan way down deep

tinkling little mechanical bells shiver near

sometimes the pounding drums subside leaving mercurial oozing songs running away

the crisp 6 string bass or the dull throb of the 4

my words and singing as i hold on to the whispering music time ghost

everything is flying by

you stand in the way and it just goes thru yer head

are you gonna stand there or not

i trap these errant thoughts and inklings

in my stony skull the words of the stars reverberate forever ringing on

a clamour of madding voices flash on and off

i cull the ideas hammering them upon song after song

the word was love it fell from on high

i am the catcher of broken fragments like chunks of pale chocolates

the dusty icing sugar of the galaxies all my lives imagined or unimagined

the furious battering north wind

a south sea isle hey baby i’m a fuckin’ missionary

i live 500 lives in america alone

popping up all over the places

all those lives appear here if you wanna know where words come from

they come from a mine in the head and once excavated leave only an ache

these words i had in me my whole life now come out on these songs

sacred songs glimpses into somewhere else another place you can go

i sing the rich young universe filled with wonder and awe

in character i falling in and out

in suits of diamonds and hearts where then is me cheque mate..?

lush beyond all possible lushnesses

fertile deltas come alive in cool coral caves

further and further

deeper and deeper

more and more

do you wanna stop yet my tiny pet or shall we keep going?

on into that universe of music to explore

a coalition of the thrilling willing

out of nothing we catapult nameless flaming balls of pure fire

in songs that crash to earth in your brain where they will remain

some new process has allowed the magic to sustain throughout everything here

it could not have been better

we have achieved our distance effortlessly

we were harnessed to luck and it left us sprawling

but we held on for a dozen or so songs

remembered them from our dreams

pieced them together with instruments and singing

ladies and gentlemen

this record is a total trip..!


30 Responses to “further along deeper beyond”

  1. avatar
    Richard | 9 October 2014 at 9:21 pm #

    I’ve been lucky enough to spend a week with it.
    I love many church albums but already love this as much as any.

  2. avatar
    Cath | 9 October 2014 at 9:33 pm #

    thoughts from the same star cascade down the blood red moons reflection leaving traces of illustrious splendor in their wake
    a remembered fragment of sonic slumbered poetics leaves all in its wake
    dare we to question the i am, or more to catch the utterances billions of years on

    the words are luscious, full of substance and sensual reality, tangible in their otherness and beckoning Alice to enter……if only you could make it all into a movie…it would be the story of your life’s already is…how magical S.K…..despite all the turmoils of the mortal coil, what a gift of life you have had, with the boys, making sublime music! We must wait.

  3. avatar
    eekie | 9 October 2014 at 9:46 pm #

    You did good. Real good.

  4. avatar
    Craig | 9 October 2014 at 11:47 pm #

    Steve, your excitement for F/D is extremley contagious! October 17th can’t come soon enough. Hoping to catch you guys in Melbourne for the Cocteau gig (luckily visiting Melbourne that week from the UK).

  5. avatar
    Brian Dwyer | 10 October 2014 at 1:49 am #

    the wait for F/D has been painful – we know it’s gonna be a killer, killer

  6. avatar
    cheryl | 10 October 2014 at 2:36 am #

    ready to explore the celestial structures of those songs & prepare for that psychedelic experience the music of The Church provides !

  7. avatar | 10 October 2014 at 2:56 am #


  8. etta
    etta | 10 October 2014 at 6:47 am #

    Pretext: I see your pov is emissionary position. Theyre four. Prix/test=awe her. (Who’s Tess?)

  9. avatar
    wodan | 10 October 2014 at 6:59 am #

    Don`t stop yet! Keep going, but don`t let another 5 years slip by before we can participate in your next exploration of deep space and the human mind`s eternal wonderment at it`s own existence in time and space…….
    How ever did we end up here? Or as Jim Morrison so succinctly put it: Into this house we`re born, into this world we`re thrown, like a dog without a bone and after all alone….. Meanwhile we are eagerly awaiting the coming of Further/Deeper to make the search for a bone a bit more smooth or maybe unravel the search for a bone as just another aspect of Maya….

  10. Kraig
    Kraig | 10 October 2014 at 10:08 am #

    So you guys recorded 20+ songs in these F/D sessions, so what you gonna do with the other 8+ songs if there’s only 12 on the new record? Just curious? Another thing, i ordered the vinyl LP from the Church Merch but wanted the Unearthed Tote Bag really bad that has gone missing last 2 times in the mail from AU to US to my house. Wonder if there’s a way to put the tote bag in my current church merch order that will be tracked? I emailed Heather on this and will see what she says. Anyway Steve, good to see all’s good in the Universe and looking forward to the new tunes and album! BTW anyone here know whatever happened to Broken Toys and Heroes here at TTB? I haven’t seen him at all this past year and knew he had medical problems, so sure hope he’s ok. Somewhat fatigued of seeing all the reviews and opinions about the new album when we can’t even hear it yet!? LOL

    • Kraig
      Kraig | 10 October 2014 at 10:20 am #

      P.S. Also, I bought the vinyl, will I get all 15 digital downloads on Oct 17 since the vinly has 12+3bonus=15 digital songs or how this work? Will we only get 12 mp3 songs Oct17 and the other 3 digital songs are just on the vinyl not avail as digital or how this gonna work? Sure hope we get the 12 originals plus 3 extras as digital, that will be exciting…thanks!

  11. avatar
    Brien Comerford | 10 October 2014 at 10:38 am #

    This will be a typical Church Cd-ALL KILLER and NO FILLER

    Happy vegetarian day every day SK!

  12. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 October 2014 at 1:41 pm #

    I’m ready for the trip, cannot wait. Further further deeper deeper going to another time and place, it’s gonna be hard to come back to this planet, may never want to. It’s just what the good dr ordered a massive space adventure of the mind and spirit.

    Congrats!!! Know it has Masterpiece written all over the record, cannot wait to hear it, it’s countdown on till touchdown. Will be impossible to pick a fave song, that I know fer sure.

    Wishing you peace and happiness and as John Lennon sang IMAGINE………..
    to us all!

    Have a wonderful weekend sk

    Peace & love

  13. avatar
    John Garratt | 10 October 2014 at 2:29 pm #

    Word has it that it won’t reach the states until January.

    I wonder why in the hell there is such a delay. But I don’t understand the biz to begin with.

    I guess I’ll have the sounds of Rick Wright to keep me company until then.

  14. avatar
    Grant | 10 October 2014 at 3:22 pm #

    Already ordered, and can’t wait to hear it. Pride Before the Fall is just great! I missed the new music over the last half decade so much! But thanks for the two live releases.

  15. avatar
    Stephen | 10 October 2014 at 4:36 pm #

    Mon 13th 2130-2300 UK GMT

    Full playback of Further Deeper 

  16. avatar
    Anonymous | 10 October 2014 at 8:02 pm #

    Is it space rock?

  17. avatar
    Cocoamo | 11 October 2014 at 3:16 am #

    Yes, we can’t wait, and indeed find the reviews of the as yet unheard masterpiece rather moot. We’ll take your word for it; you’ve heard it.

    Just listened (4 or 5 times, I’ll admit) again to “As You Will”, had the hair stand up on the back of my neck, tears in my eyes, all those feelings we can’t put into words. This is one of my favorites, but then, I have so many. You have made yourself a very tough act to follow, indeed.

    So, here’s a bit of distraction, some much-needed levity – hope it plays:

    Your Friend in Pennsylvania

    • avatar
      Anonymous | 11 October 2014 at 11:48 am #

      Needed a break from editing my final chapter ‘called to stand’ so checked yr link. It didnt work for me. So I googled moogaloop &watched a six minute adrenaline base jumping video session.
      Some of the finals words spoken in clip ‘Express oneself’ it says, ‘not lieing to oneself is very hard to do’.

  18. avatar
    hellbound heart | 11 October 2014 at 9:30 am #

    faaaaar out……

  19. avatar
    andy | 11 October 2014 at 10:28 am #

    just heard pauls radio show with your phone interview…
    and if you guys do come over i’ll try to make the Amsterdam show too!

  20. avatar
    Eskaedor | 11 October 2014 at 11:35 pm #

    F/D! Not long now… song song wow!

  21. avatar
    Crasher | 12 October 2014 at 5:20 pm #

    I’ve booked my ticket(s) for the Melbourne show.
    Four of us going..down from the 12 I managed for the future,past,perfect tour.
    As this is only one album being performed,the ratio is the same ??
    Just need to get my hands on the album now.
    Interesting the vinyl version has more tracks than the CD.
    Back when the CD was the new format, the reverse applied.
    Funny old world.
    Unfortunately I no longer possess a turntable.
    Owning one of those humungous TVs’that take up most of the available space
    makes it problematic to site a turntable…although I can’t keep up with neighbours ( the Jones’ as it happens)..they have a super dooper mega humungous telly.
    Their telly is so big, poor old Mr Jones strained his neck watching tennis.
    Bloody show off with his soft cervical collar.

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