September 22, 2016

Idle Lovell - Surge Et Illuminare (1984)

Genre: Christian 80s Pop / Goth Rock
Password: 2016

Before Saviour Machine, before Dead Artist Syndrome, there was Idle Lovell. Idle Lovell was a side project by Michael Knott designed to be only for non-Christian audiences. So, while this is not the first Christian Goth band, it is one of the earliest examples of Goth music made by Christian artists. This six-song vinyl album is very hard to find today, but well-worth the search if you are in to bands that play dark synth-based dance music like the Sisters of Mercy.

Two of the songs on this disc – “Shallow” and “I Can’t Wait” – were re-recorded by Knott on later albums. I like these early versions better. “Touch Me In the Wind”, the lead off track, was also included on the re-issue of The Lifesavers Poplife (of all places). If you have heard that track, then you pretty much know what to expect from the rest of this too short album.
This album was self-released (as the first album on Knott’s Blonde Vinyl records), so the production values are a bit thin. But to many fans, that only adds to the coolness. I’ve read that there are some weird ownership issues that might make a full re-issue of this album impossible. Too bad – this album needs to be heard.

[1984 Blonde Vinyl Records]

  1. Idle Lovell - Touch Me In The Wind (5:06)
  2. Idle Lovell - Shallow (4:01)
  3. Idle Lovell - I Can't Wait (4:02)
  4. Idle Lovell - Only (4:08)
  5. Idle Lovell - Onesided Love Affair (3:56)
  6. Idle Lovell - Drone (5:26)


  1. I love this album! One of the BEST in this genre.Glad to see you post it for the whole world to enjoy.

  2. Thank you so much for this amazing record! :)

  3. Thanks for this rarity I have original vinyl very very rare I think only 100 LP pressings were made according to Mike Knott ! God bless you !

  4. Only 100? I have one too. Yeah

  5. Thank You so much ! justice!! awesome album!

  6. Por tudo isso e muito mais. Incrível Jesus Abençoe !!!


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