Temples "Sun Structures"

An emerging British quartet emulate the best elements of psychedlic pop/rock

Both Johnny Marr (The Smiths) and Noel Gallagher (Oasis) have heralded Temples as one of Britain’s best new bands. After hearing its debut, Sun Structures, the reason is evident; the album is jammed with joyous, hooked-ladened songs that draw heavily on 1960s and ‘70s psychedelic rock – think Marc Bolan meets The Byrds.  It’s easy to feel comfortable with music that sounds so familiar.

James Bagshaw and Thomas Warmsly formed originally set out to create a home studio project that reflected their musical interests. After releasing several demos and catching the ear of a Heavenly Records executive, the duo expanded to a band, adding keyboardist Adam Smith and drummer Samuel Toms in order to perform the songs live. Bagshaw and Warmsly don’t break new musical ground, opting instead to create gorgeous melodies that emulate their influences. These include Roger McGuin, Syd Barrett, The Beach Boys, and the Zombies, to name a few. You might want to keep a scorecard in order to keep track.

James Bagshaw produces the album with lots of reverb on the vocals, fuzz on the guitars, multilayered harmonies, and pulsating tempo. Most songs are major key celebrations with upswings of harp and occasional bass sax punctuations. Minor chords are used sparingly to offset the melody. Sun Structures is a nearly one hour journey through the best elements of what made psychedelic pop/rock  the perfect summertime theme music.

Rosemary Welsch (Afternoon Mix)