With band members named James Edward Bagshaw and Thomas Edison Warmsley, you’d expect grand designs from Temples’ debut album. Thankfully, Sun Structures won’t leave you disappointed. Playing under the name for little more than two years, the UK band deal up their own slice of psychedelic rock that seems natural and effortless. By far the most difficult genre to master post ’60s, bands such as Tame Impala and now, Temples have resurrected it of late.
Unlike the Australians however, Temples’ songs are radio friendly and will stay in the mind for days. ‘Shelter Song’ is like taking a time machine back to 1967, setting the tone for the entire experience. The sitar–sounding chords are enough to distinguish the band from the get go and any one jaded by the polish on today’s music will be relieved by the old school sensibilities of the band. ‘Sun Structures’ sounds like knights going in to battle, bleeding in perfectly to ‘The Golden Throne’, reminiscent of Jefferson Airplane – psychedelic and infectious all at the same time.
‘Move with the Season’ is gloriously laid back and exudes flower power, while the band are quick to prove this isn’t their only formula on the heavy and riff laden ‘A Question Isn’t Answered’. This doesn’t last however and songs such as ‘Sun Dance’ quickly revert back to the formula that make this band so addictive. The album comes to a less than satisfactory close with ‘Fragment’s Light’, lasting just under two minutes and a track that never really seems to find itself and fades out without being memorable. Some of the songs can get lost among each other listening to the album as a whole, but on individual listen, each track is so well crafted, it is easy to imagine each one being a successful single.
Temples may not be completely original, but they couldn’t be more welcome right now. In an age, where all music is a recycled version of something before, where there’s a constant search for a snippet of the new and exciting in an album, at a concert or in a back catalogue of an artist, Temples are doing something unique. Taking the psychedelic rock – pop of old and turning it in to accessible four/five minute songs, they are covering a wide audience and introducing them to a style that is so important to acquaint yourself with. When they do it this brilliantly, who cares what year it is?