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Fall to your knees and worship, Temples deliver a truly stunning debut

Old Subbacultcha

Old Subbacultcha

Listening to Temples’ superb debut record 
Sun Structures is like jumping back to the late sixties, to when the first wave of psychedelia spread across popular music and into the public consciousness and caused a revolution of fashion and style which reverberates even now.

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...There’s no physics required for time travel here, just twelve beautifully crafted tracks. The original seven inch vinyl release of album opener ‘Shelter Song’ now sells for a sum quite significantly higher than the fiver this writer paid for it, and as an opening gambit to both an album and a career, it paints a quite perfect picture of what to expect as
Sun Structures unfolds. The dreamy vocals and picked guitar riffs married with production which sounds of a vintage, but yet unmistakably modern, makes for a simply intoxicating experience. But production is nothing without great songs too, and the arrangements of each track are nothing short of perfect, they’re not so much a journey as a trip very much in keeping with the era
Sun Structures’ roots are quite firmly set in. The vocal melody for current single ‘Mesmerise’ Lennon and McCartney would have been proud of on
Revelover era Beatles. I hate using the Beatles as a comparison, as it’s used too often and frequently without merit, but here it seems justified. There’s variety too, the lengthy intro of ‘A Question Isn’t Answered’ brings the thundering drums which make up the verse patterns to life, there’s an epic feel to the sound, even if the song only just peaks five minutes, which runs in contrast to the immediacy of ‘Shelter Song’. And it’s not all swirling psychedelia either, ‘Fragments’ takes some influence from folk to close the album in even more traditional style. You get the feeling that someone’s dad’s record collection has a lot to be thanked for. To say this is pretty much a perfect record might sound like over-egging the pudding, but there really is very little (if anything) to criticise here. Temples’ have delivered a truly stunning debut album, captured beautifully and sounding every bit worthy of the hype that has surrounded them. A resounding success from a remarkably talented band.