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- Musical Garden by People's Temple
9/10 Nathon Staff review, 22 March 2014
A really lovely listen, perfect for this sunny Saturday morning.
The influences are clear enough (Seeds, Love, Stones, 13th Floor, generous dollops of Beach Boys, Standells, etc.) so no real sonic surprises as such, and I can't really add anything meaningful to Mike's stellar review so I ain't gonna try, but suffice to say that this is beautifully crafted stuff.
Fuck, these lads really know how to open a song - the hooks are sweet from first bars onwards. With apols to the vinyl types there's fun to be had simply skipping from one song to the next.
Time for another listen before the missus gets up? I reckon so...
10/10 Mike Staff review, 20 March 2014The People's Temple are back already with album number three! The first two were superb and at this point they've established themselves as a safe set of hands if you're looking for authentic '60s-style psych, so it should be no surprise to hear that this new one is wonderful. 'Musical Garden' is the sound of a band are performing with such confidence and ambition that everything they touch comes out sounding effortlessly perfect. Take the one-two of 'I Heard You Singing (in the other room)' and 'I Don't Mind (reprise)' halfway through the album. The former is an awkward ballad over a ghostly sea of babbling backing vocals and a plangently chiming guitar refrain; it's a fragile, repetitive patchwork full of sad tension, fading out only for the latter track to fade in, a kind of refreshing yin to its heartbroken yang, using the same technique of layered vocal loops in a weird Moondog-ish vignette before kicking back into the early Stones/Seeds/Animals influenced garage pop. These two tracks would seem throwaway as stand-alone pieces but in the wider context of the album they're subtle little moments of emotional manipulation, later instrumental 'Fast Thrills' similarly offers the listener a little taste of a rock-out before fading into nothing to make way for the sleazy boogie of 'Back to Zero'. And that's how good The People's Temple have got lately. I can write a review about the link tracks and not even get started on how much fun the more conventional tracks here are. With 'Musical Garden' The People's Temple have managed to combine subtlety and sophistication with energy and enthusiasm and tongues firmly in cheeks when necessary. This is great - as good as the first two LPs are, I feel like this band is continuing to improve. Miles better than The Men's dreary new offering.
10/10 coffin dodger Customer review, 27th March 2014
"Right dudes, (they're of the Michigan persuasion) we need a lead guitar sound so piercingly sharp that it'll force the wax out of unkempt old ears." Yup, they do that. "And guys, a vocal mix that separates from the backing mix like drops of lemon juice in a jug of cream." And that. " And hey, can we craft a range of three minute homages to the great and good of the sixties but keeping them as short and fresh as daisies in a jam jar plucked from summer's lawns"" OK people: tick, tick and tick. "And finally, bro., can we do at just one tight looped harmony reprise that even the Wilson brothers would have been proud to produce...just as a laugh, y' know, but in a good way?" And someone else must have replied "Sure can dude, as long as you let me get my Doors 'walk on thru' impression in on another track somewhere." And surely another must have raised the subject of tambourines as a percussive metaphor... And finally a plea from me, the dodger. Buy it on vinyl even if you don't own a turntable yet...cos this baby's well a keeper.
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