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Church of Hed is the solo project of Paul Williams, the drummer, synthesist, and producer of the American spacerock band, Quarkspace. When the band essentially retired two years ago, Church of Hed became Williams’s main focus. The music focuses on aural travelogues, inspired by progressive music, space rock and Berlin School electronica. Paul plays drums, keyboards, and synthesizers; he composes songs, beats, and loops, and he (thankfully) rarely sings.
The Autumn Shrine EP, Church of Hed’s fourth release, is centered on the nearly 14 minute title track, a Floydian spaceprog epic essentially serving as a requiem for Quarkspace. A Philip Glass-inspired Moog improvisation and a beat-laden electronica track from the Electric Sepulcher sessions (Church of Hed's third album) round out the EP. Paul plays everything on the album, from electronic percussion to analog synthesizers. This is a digital-only release available from the usual sources -- Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby, Spotify, etc -- and now Bandcamp.
1. The Autumn Shrine (Parts I-III) 13:45 (Floyd rides a Camel to Berlin School -- a requiem for Quarkspace?)
2. Silicon Rogue 3:20 (Bob Moog meets Philip Glass.)
3. Transaxiom 5:06 (Brian Eno warps from 1975 to today with an appropriate bass response.)
"The fourth Church of Hed release is this 22 minute three-track EP that kicks off with the amazing three-part title track which seems to channel Phaedra era Tangerine Dream with a side helping of Meddle era Floyd, clocking in at almost 14 minutes...Not a dull moment anywhere on this digital-only release." -- Peter Thelen, Expose