It all started as a tribute.
A return of inspiration.
Jeffery Cain (Remy Zero) handed Steve Kilbey (The Church) a disc mysteriously credited to “Isidore.” Much to Cain’s surprise, what was once an instrumental came requited by words and melody sung in Kilbey’s distinctive baritone – a collaboration was born.
8 years later Isidore has reappeared! Life Somewhere Else is a sprawling epic featuring another sterling vocal performance by Kilbey (perhaps his best ever) and Cain’s sterling sonic alchemy. Though short enough to fit on a single compact disc, Life Somewhere Else is spread across four sides of 180-gram vinyl – the medium where the album’s sequence is enjoyed best. Haunting and beautiful, Life Somewhere Else has a power beyond its corporeal form. It’s a masterpiece.
It released February 21, 2012 via Communicating Vessels and is available on cd, double vinyl, and digitally.
“The more time one spends with this album, the deeper it goes—the tighter the net looks to you. It’s a shame only Church and Remy Zero fans will be inclined to check this out because it is a masterpiece lying beyond the power of the descriptive word.“
“..bigger, more ambitious arrangements; tighter songwriting;
more focused singing; and, crucially, the use of live drums on many key tracks… Isidore doesn’t really feel like a “side” anything.
It’s a main event.” – Blurt
“Reverberating drums kick underneath gauzy guitars that break off into wails of what is either longing or death.” – Consequence of Sound
“It's the driving, rock-based tracks like "Recoil" and "Just Dust" that give Life Somewhere Else its energy, as Kilbey matches Cain's chugging-but-ringing guitars with a lust-for-life delivery.”