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Wednesday, 19 February 2014

Music: Album Review

Temples 
Sun Structures
Reincarnating the psychedelia, glam punk funk with the likes of Toy, Foxygen and Tame Impala in their creative company British boys Temples showcase their debut 12 track LP. It's pretty clear where their inspiration for the album came from - lead singer James Bagshaw doesn't hide his love for The Beatles and their 'clever writing' - and was actually recorded and produced in Bagshaw's house. While they have taken note of what The Beatles did they are in no way a copycat of the iconic Liverpudlians, it is only the first track 'Shelter Song' that gives you that link - hello 'Love Me Do', the rest is completely different and now pure Temples.

You can imagine these guys coming out from Bagshaws' self made studio with all these tracks under their belt. 'Shelter Song' shows the raw and unmediated sounds the band were looking for,  echoing space harmonies and vintage equipment being gently played. Cue you being absorbed into a psychedelic kaleidoscope of colour and sound. Second track 'Sun Structures' starts with a slightly gutsier sound - hey drums! - but the ooooohs and ahhhhhs from background singers Thomas Warmsley, Adam Smith and Samuel Toms are still very evident and are becoming something of a signature sound for the band.

'Keep in the Dark' sends you back to what you imagine the sixties would be like or (if you're old enough) how you remember it. Story telling lyrics will have you sweeping across your bedroom - Sleep won't save you from the night/ Drink up darling dressed in white - believing you are that same darling dressed in white. 'Test of Time' placed near the end of the album is a welcome burst of sound, more fast paced and upbeat with the heavy beat of the drums in the background it is one of the stand out tracks.

Ending the album with 'Fragment's Light' was a stroke of genius. Quiet, gentle and almost like a softening lullaby it eases you toward the finish line and at just under two minutes it'll be a quick but not abrupt finish. The band have bagged themselves a UK tour throughout February and March including the NME Awards tour and a slot at Field Day festival in June with End of the Road just announced for August. This album is going to be one of the most listened to come the summer months and hopefully the band with a BBC6 Lauren Laverne live lounge and interview maybe some of the bigger festivals will take note.

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