Fear and uncertainty, seem to be put behind him, as synth-pop artist Gareth Dunlop moves into a direction of warmth and hope. The Belfast singer-songwriter has released his latest single ‘Church’, via Zenith Cafe, and perfectly captures the beauty of his forthcoming studio album ‘Welcome To The House Of I Don’t Know’.
Serving as the opening notes from his new record, set for release in early summer 2024, ‘Church’ is about urging listeners to appreciate the here and now instead of anxiously anticipating the unknown.
Dunlop’s rich, soulful vocals intertwine seamlessly with backing harmonies and ethereal synths, imbuing ‘Church’ with a colossal gospel ambience. The track feels expansive, a quality that resonates throughout the entire album, creating a feeling that is both powerful and ineffable.
“From the moment I finished writing [‘Church’] I knew I wanted it to be the first track on the record that pointed to everything that came after it. It starts the same way the last album track finishes, each verse & chorus introduces new elements that appear throughout the record and gradually builds into an explosion using every instrument & voice that makes sound throughout the album.”
Gareth Dunlop has been at the forefront of Northern Irish songwriters for the past decade. His music has not only become the soundtrack to films and TV shows but has also earned him acclaim as a supporting act for musical luminaries such as Van Morrison, Snow Patrol, James Morrison, Stereophonics, Bonnie Raitt, Foy Vance, and Jeff Beck. This impressive list attests to the influential nature of Dunlop’s music, making ‘Church’ a compelling glimpse into the artist’s work.
Listen to the new single here: