Saturday, 10 November 2012

The Next Big Northants Thing... Temples

Elevated on a surge of psychadelia kickstarted by the likes of Tame Impala, without a shadow of a doubt Temples are the next big band to make it massive from Northamptonshire - yet they've hardly been going four months! Since their debut performance at the Green Man Festival, the critically acclaimed quartet have already signed to Heavenly Records, opened in some colossal support slots - making appearances alongside Peace, Toy, Swim Deep and many more - and have recently returned from a tour across the length and breadth of the UK with label mates Charlie Boyer & the Voyeurs and the mighty Mystery Jets. Not bad for four months work, not bad at all.

It's the band's releases, however, that have really been setting the fans' pulses racing. On a vinyl 7" that echoes its 60s-esque retro theme even further, the first Temples single to be put out via Heavenly Records is the kaleidoscopic, self-recorded Shelter Song. Opening with a skittling of wonky guitars, this seductive psychy number - constructed out of musical treacle - has turned the heads of more than a couple of critics already. Described by the NME as: "a magic carpet ride away to another world" and "dazed and suffused with surreal daydreams" in The Guardian, if it were possible to intoxicate sound then this viscous haze would be the hypnotic finished product.

One thing that strikes me most though is the fact that originality is in no short supply. Shelter Song is virtually incomparable to anything else that is out there today, even to the starkly contrasting flute arrangements of B-side Prisms. So, with all that said, Temples clearly deserve to become one of the biggest new British breakthroughs of the upcoming years; all they need to do now is work for it. Bring it on 2013!

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