Listening to this album six years after release it is remarkable how fresh it sounds. The debut album from Kettering's finest Temples is a tour de force of '60s psych moves shot through with pounding modern day production techniques taking in bits of the Zombies, the Byrds, Iron Butterfly and Tame Impala. A truly great British guitar pop album that shouldn't be ignored.
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Are you wanting an unrelenting hit album that you will sing all through the summer? If so then this could be it.
Temples early singles impressed; variously recalling Teardrop Explodes, Love, T-Rex, Tame Impala and Pink Floyd. The question was could they repeat this over the course of an album. After several listens the answer is firmly in the positive. This is a hook-filled, gloriously produced record which will appeal to both the festival kids and the psych head nodders in equal proportion. It has tunes coming out of its ears yet has all the hallmarks of the great 60’s bands from Thirteenth Floor Elevators to United States of America to Syd Barrett’s Floyd.
It starts at breakneck pace with the chiming guitar jangle of ‘Shelter Song’ which is catchy enough in the verses but bursts into a magnificent slightly melancholic chorus that elevates the song further. The title track utilises the motorik pulse of Neu or later Portishead but injecting an unforgettable 60’s melody. All the tracks are filled with little earworms- the psych guitar twiddle in ‘Sun Structures’, the Broadcast style eerie whistle melody in ‘The Golden Throne’. ‘Mesmerise’ is probably the track I’m not that into - because the chorus is so big and boastful it just seems a mite too obvious (yet you know that this will be the track that sticks with the general public).
Luckily they provide enough moments of joy; ‘Move With The Season’ is half Kinks/half Zombies as if produced by David Fridmann. ‘Colours to Life’ is still to me their best moment, marvellous psychedelic jangle pop bliss. Just when you think you’ve exhausted the good bits along comes another, ‘Test of Time’ has enough brilliant hooks in the first minute, and then you get to the chorus and still it doesn’t stop. So it goes on and I can pretty much find something in every track to enjoy. Yes, its certainly an album which takes the Tame Impala blueprint and smooths it out for the wider population to enjoy, yes is hugely derivitive and yes the Tame Impala/Flaming Lips production could date fast but when songs are so strong and memorable and big and joyous who cares?
A brilliant achievement, particularly when its noted that they produced the thing themselves. Fantastic kaleidoscopic pop music.
9/10 Stephen Broadhead 16th June 2014
They first came to my attention after reading an article by Noel Gallagher criticising Radio 1 for not playing music by Temples and Jagwar Ma. I bought their RSD release from Norman records, along with Sun Structures on Vinyl and CD, (again from the guys at Norman Records). What can I say, this is a fantastic album by a band that in my opinion, will be successful, (even without being on Radio 1's playlist).
9/10 coffin dodger 12th May 2014
As an official old retired twat - as opposed to a hip young buck - I suppose I must consider myself to belong to Clinton's (above) 'wider population': therefore, I love this album. Way past the social constrictions of giving a flying fuck as to what the band wears, looks like, or whether their collective bouffants are cool or shite, all I do care about is: does their music sound good; does it bring a grin into my day; and, derivative or not, do I like it? Yes, yes, and oh yes! Huge production pop and apparently (massively well) self-produced just - to add a cherry to bun that is their combined musical talent. The organ is, in many parts, pure Georgie Fame, the drums and percussion seem miked-up to 'extreme close up' levels - giving the songs greater breadth and impact. Vocals are spot-on throughout, the boy can sing, and all choruses would not be out of place on any Byrd's number... Most glad to hear to a home-grown band that's chosen a similar (and most excellent) musical path to those wonderful Yanks, Triptides.
8/10 Rob 11th March 2014
Love it!!! Fit for a medieval army to out to battle on!! Whom have just taken some crack acid!! Some good barnets too!!
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