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- Utopia by People's Temple
8/10 ReviewBot300 Staff review, 25 April 2014
The People's Temple seem to be on a Ty Segall-esque run of good form lately. Each release seems to be more impressive than its predecessor, and their latest album 'Musical Garden' is probably my most-played record of the year so far. On this 7" we've got three songs which were recorded in spring 2012, so I guess between their first and second albums. They're not honed to quite the level of perfection that the band have reached on said album, but they're excellent enough to warrant a purchase nonetheless.
'Utopia' on side A is a hazy psychedelic shuffle with reverby guitar and someone shaking one of those shakey eggs. The vocals are delivered quite dramatically, a little bit Jim Morrison-esque. Much like the best Brian Jonestown Massacre material, it achieves the trick of sounding like a long-lost classic from the '60s that's been unearthed from a dusty attic somewhere. Over on the other side 'Deadfall' is as energetic as this EP gets; a slightly T Rex-ish stomper with vigorously jangling guitars. Finally 'Black Night' is a dreamlike closer with weird watery trails of wibbling guitar under an unplugged strum and a warmly pacing bassline. The drums are really low in the mix and then fade into the foreground for the last 10 seconds or so which is a strange production choice but does make things more interesting.
A decent single but not quite on a par with 'Musical Garden'.
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