Chris Schlarb’s band Psychic Temple recorded IV, their fourth record (apart from their full-length cover of Brian Eno’s Music For Airports) in an LA studio in the old way, with big grand sessions. Guests like Terry Reid and Nedelle Torrisi help Schlarb craft his classic smooth-rock visions into reality. Out on Joyful Noise.
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I commented earlier today that everything these days is done by one person in a bedroom. As if to send a reminder that records are sometimes made the old fashioned way in a studio with a series of just-right musicians is this lovely opus by Psychic Temple.
Now by the band name and cover you might think this is a psych rock album but it's nothing of the sort. It's a gentle form of lilting acoustic based songwriting that has a beautiful breezy Laurel Canyon style drift about it. First up main guy Chris Schlarb has a lovely rich John Grant-ish voice which straightaway lends the album that touch of class. It's like eating full fat yoghurt after consuming the fat free stuff for ages. It's creamy. It drifts over a series of rhythmically tumbling track that showcase elements of Neil Young, Beck (in acoustic mode) Shuggie Otis and Eric Matthews/Cardinal. Schlarb has gone all out to recreate the sounds of the 'classic' drift rock records of the 1970's going so far as to hire lost rock legend Terry Reid and 87-year old Max Bennett (bassist on Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark and Hissing of Summer Lawns).
It's beautiful record, I'm utterly entranced. I want to lie down in a hammock looking over LA and listen to it- that's the vibe it gives off. Quite an achievement.
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