Psychic Temple expand from the solo project of Chris Schlarb into a fuller-fledged band on III. His voice, and his spiritual approach to his music, somewhat recalls Josh T. Pearson, although the instrumentation and production here is rich and gorgeous where Pearson is sparse. Vinyl release on Sufjan Stevens’ Asthmatic Kitty.
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This could be the record that elevates Chris Schlarb over to the Jonathan Wilson, Father John Misty side of the musical fence wherea ctual real people have heard of you and enjoy your music.
It has a similarly laid back Laurel Canyon feel to those artists harking back the days when guys with beards sat around strumming guitars in sunny rooms. Released on Sufjan Stevens Aesthetic Kitty records no expense has been spared in the guest department with Spooner Oldham, Mike Watt, Avi Buffalo all making guest appearances. I’m listening to a few tracks off his Bandcamp (you don’t want me to actually open and spoil the record do you?) ‘When I Know’ is a lovely lilting Crosby Stills and Nash style piece of folk with a mandolin plucking away without a care in the world. Rockier is ‘You Ain’t a Star’ which has something of the Buffalo Springfield about it with nice indie strumming on the verses and a jagged insistent chorus. Almost veering into ‘80s Prefab Sprout style in ‘Brother O’ which references Schlarb's background in jazz with some neat minor chords and complicated percussion.
I really like this track in particular - it has something of Aztec Camera about it. really lovely and unexpected as I had this album down as Americana. Kind of wish I’d opened it now.
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