Who do we find inside The Quiet Temple? Well, primarily Rich Machin and Duke Garwood, joined by a rotating selection of musicians with past experience with Stereolab, Spiritualized/Coil (Thighpaulsandra) (among others). Together, this gang have created this self-titled debut album, a groovy, jazzy, live-feeling album that covers lots of tasty sonic ground.
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The Quiet Temple are made up of Duke Garwood and Rich Machin, and are releasing their self-titled debut record. The band reportedly draw more on experimentation than meticulous planning, and this is evident in the album's loose, sprawling sound. The band dip their toes in lounge music, krautrock, and psych, as well as jazz. Jazz is the element that is perhaps most obvious here, and also the most surprising, considering the associates that Garwood and Machine brought in such as Julian Cope, Stereolab, and Spiritualized. It's always good to hear a side of certain artists that hasn't been explored before (Sting, that does not apply to you and your reggae).
My favourite song off this record is 'Shades of Gemini' (yeah, we get it, guys, you like psych). It's a mean, marauding, slow jam that's got a lovely brooding intensity. At over nine minutes long, it builds and builds before crashing in on itself and fading away. 'X-Rated' is also a banger, with a weird off-kilter-but-still-motorik rhythm that occupies centre stage while tubas and trombones roar around it. 'The Last Opium Den (On Earth)' is another exercise in that apocalyptic jazz vibe that the Quiet Temple do so well.
'The Quiet Temple' is a consummate effort from a band I look forward to hearing more of.
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