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Rock - Erschienen am 10. Februar 2014 | Heavenly Recordings

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Temples are four young lads from Kettering who for all purposes sound like they just popped in from 1967 after a short trip on a paisley-bedecked TARDIS. They don't miss a single sonic trick; from soaring 12-string jangle to backwards-tracked guitars, flowing vocal harmonies, swooning Mellotrons, and baroque organ interludes, they know their musical history like they lived through it. Their 2014 debut, Sun Structures, is a nostalgia trip for sure, while at the same time sounding totally modern too. The band's vocalist/guitarist, James Bagshaw, produced the album and he goes for a sound that's happily mired in the past, but has a cleanly scrubbed punch that gives the album some real power. For example, the drums have a kick that would have been hard to get in 1967 unless you recorded at EMI Studio Two with George Martin at the helm. Bagshaw and the rest of the band also prove to be masterful at layering sounds together, dropping parts in and out for dramatic effect, bringing in surprising bits of flair (like the harp on "Keep in the Dark"), conjuring up impressively diverse guitar tones, and generally making the kind of record bands wish they could have made back then. Many of Temples' contemporaries wish they could have made this record too, because not only does it sound amazing, but the songs are like a collection of hit singles mashed together in a 54-minute cavalcade of brilliant melodies, singable choruses, and mesmerizing rhythms. Chief among them is the album's first track, "Shelter Song," which kicks things off in the clouds with a divine melody and some hilariously pretentious but sweet lyrics, and really lets you know right away that the band is doing something special. The rest of the album flows from trippy psych pop ballads ("Move with the Season") to gaily skipping, Donovan-esque rambles ("Keep in the Dark") to hard-as-granite blues stompers with heavy guitars ("A Question Isn't Answered") to poppy tracks that bubble like melted chocolate and have a hard-candy crunch ("Mesmerise") to epic-sounding, slowly unspooling psych jams ("Test of Time") as Temples merrily grab everything from the past that works and effortlessly makes it work for them. The only possible complaint one might have with the record is that everything sounds just right, that it's maybe too perfect of a re-creation of the past without enough of their own personality injected into the proceedings. In this case, though, Temples play with enough energy, Bagshaw sings with enough angelically pure emotion, and the overall project flows with enough sonic imagination that they easily avoid the charge. Sun Structures is an impressive debut that would be legendary now if it had been released in 1967; in 2014 it's merely the best psych pop around. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Alternativ und Indie - Erschienen am 3. März 2017 | Heavenly Recordings

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Drei Jahre nach ihrem ersten hervorragenden Album Sun Structures von 2014, das so wunderbar nach Beatles, Zombies und Pink Floyd aus der Syd Barrett Ära duftete, schenken uns die Temples neue psychedelische Pillen, die in einem Umschlag mit 60s und 70s verpackt sind. Für Volcano aber, haben die vier Briten ihre Gitarren zur Seite gelegt und Platz für Synthesizer und Keyboards aller Klassen geschaffen. Schon in den ersten Sekunden dieses zweiten Albums erkennt man mühelos den Retrostil der Temples und den träumerischen wie herben Charakter ihrer Kompositionen. Eine Stimmung, die anstößt aber ganz zum Vorteil der zeitgenössischen Klänge, die einen gelegentlich an die Musik von Tame Impala denken lassen. Weniger direkt als Sun Structures ist Volcano als eine spielerische gewagte und leidenschaftliche Evolution zu verstehen. Eine Platte, die weniger klischeehaft klingt, als ihre Vorgängerin aber sich rhythmisch muskulöser zeigt und bis zum Ende hin immer besser wird. © MD/Qobuz
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Auf ihrem Album Volcano (2017) ließen Temples ein bisschen von ihren Gitarren ab, um mehr Platz für alle möglichen Sorten von Synthesizern und Keyboards zu schaffen. Drei Jahre nach ihrem hervorragenden Debütalbum Sun Structures, das so schön an die Beatles, The Zombies und an Pink Floyd zu Zeiten von Syd Barrett erinnerte, braute die britische Band neuen psychedelischen Stoff, der nach Sixties/Seventies klang, aber auch nach aktuellerem Sound, wie wir ihn etwa von Tame Impala kennen. Das ganze Hot Motion hindurch macht ihre nach wie vor verträumte, zugleich erfrischende, bereits durch allerlei Anregungen geprägte Musik von diesen Einflüssen Gebrauch. Ganz im Sinne der Single Context. Dieser Titel ist so etwas wie eine Sammlung von Worten, die aus ihrem Zusammenhang gerissen wurden, erzählt der Bandleader James Bagshaw, und - auch das kommt vor - das Gefühl und die Bedeutung ändern, die hinter eben diesen Worten stecken. Dieser Gedankengang gehört nun zur Musikalität des Songs. Ich wollte das erneuern, was die Leute sich unter einer Sologitarre vorstellen, und meine früheren Einflüsse, die der Pioniere, die mich inspiriert haben, der heutigen Zeit anpassen. Damit werfe ich einen Blick in Richtung Les Paul und Mary Ford. Und das Solo ist eine Hommage an die Einspielungstechniken, die mit dem Timbre des Klaviers auf dem Beatles-Album "In My Life" berühmt geworden sind. Wir haben also die Sologitarre mit einem langsameren Tempo aufgenommen und anschließend beschleunigt. Diesen immer größer werdenden Ehrgeiz werden Temples auch in dem Titel It's All Coming Out los, wo ihre nahezu bildhaften Arrangements ein Pendant zu John Barry und einem gewissen Goldenen Zeitalter der Sixties darstellen. Das reicht, um aus diesem Hot Motion ein vor lauter Überraschungen überquellendes, drittes Album zu machen. © Marc Zisman/Qobuz 
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Rock - Erschienen am 7. Juli 2014 | Heavenly Recordings

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Rock - Erschienen am 10. Februar 2014 | Heavenly Recordings

Temples are four young lads from Kettering who for all purposes sound like they just popped in from 1967 after a short trip on a paisley-bedecked TARDIS. They don't miss a single sonic trick; from soaring 12-string jangle to backwards-tracked guitars, flowing vocal harmonies, swooning Mellotrons, and baroque organ interludes, they know their musical history like they lived through it. Their 2014 debut, Sun Structures, is a nostalgia trip for sure, while at the same time sounding totally modern too. The band's vocalist/guitarist, James Bagshaw, produced the album and he goes for a sound that's happily mired in the past, but has a cleanly scrubbed punch that gives the album some real power. For example, the drums have a kick that would have been hard to get in 1967 unless you recorded at EMI Studio Two with George Martin at the helm. Bagshaw and the rest of the band also prove to be masterful at layering sounds together, dropping parts in and out for dramatic effect, bringing in surprising bits of flair (like the harp on "Keep in the Dark"), conjuring up impressively diverse guitar tones, and generally making the kind of record bands wish they could have made back then. Many of Temples' contemporaries wish they could have made this record too, because not only does it sound amazing, but the songs are like a collection of hit singles mashed together in a 54-minute cavalcade of brilliant melodies, singable choruses, and mesmerizing rhythms. Chief among them is the album's first track, "Shelter Song," which kicks things off in the clouds with a divine melody and some hilariously pretentious but sweet lyrics, and really lets you know right away that the band is doing something special. The rest of the album flows from trippy psych pop ballads ("Move with the Season") to gaily skipping, Donovan-esque rambles ("Keep in the Dark") to hard-as-granite blues stompers with heavy guitars ("A Question Isn't Answered") to poppy tracks that bubble like melted chocolate and have a hard-candy crunch ("Mesmerise") to epic-sounding, slowly unspooling psych jams ("Test of Time") as Temples merrily grab everything from the past that works and effortlessly makes it work for them. The only possible complaint one might have with the record is that everything sounds just right, that it's maybe too perfect of a re-creation of the past without enough of their own personality injected into the proceedings. In this case, though, Temples play with enough energy, Bagshaw sings with enough angelically pure emotion, and the overall project flows with enough sonic imagination that they easily avoid the charge. Sun Structures is an impressive debut that would be legendary now if it had been released in 1967; in 2014 it's merely the best psych pop around. © Tim Sendra /TiVo
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Electronic - Erschienen am 22. Mai 2012 | Ecstasy Records

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Klassik - Erschienen am 15. Mai 2014 | Temples

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Rock - Erschienen am 11. April 2014 | Temples

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