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Relive Hearing Something: Sun Structures by Temples

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The debut album by The Temples, Sun Structures, sounds like it walked out of the studio in Beatle boots, bell bottoms, and psychedelic shirts.  There is no irony or sense that this album does not belong to now, however.  The neo-psychedelic  sound works beautifully and it is like—please excuse the simile—finding a 60s album at the back of a used-record store, only to find you had missed out on something amazing.  That’s a rare occurrence and it is much more encouraging to find that the group is current, creative, and just beginning—rather than a missed event from forty-seven years ago.


The first six songs on the album all have that peculiar familiarity to them, as if we should know them but can’t place them. Like the best new material with retro sensibility, the songs on Sun Structures would not be out of place on a turntable, glinting in candlelight, during the Summer of Love.  It is informed by our time, however, and certain aspects of the production separate this work from much of the output of the 1960s—with exceptions of course.

Production is balanced, however, and the album does not sound faked in any way.  It will be nice to hear these tunes live at some point. They are reproducible.

“The Guesser” and “Mesmerise” are good places to start if you are a fan of great 60s music.  “Shelter Song” sounds like it comes from a group that has been informed by Revolver, while “Sun Structures” has a hint of The Byrds—“The Golden Throne” a bit of generalized British Invasion.  If you are looking for a possible current-day hit, you cannot go wrong with “Keep in the Dark” with its melded tones of Byrds, Kinks, Moody Blues, and Temples—to name a few.

Their accomplishment is that they are beholden to some of the best bands in rock history without ever being derivative.  Hopefully some original fans of The Byrds, and other groups we have mentioned, will somehow stumble upon these young artists (James Bagshaw, Thomas Warmsley, Sam Toms, and Adam Smith) and relive hearing something new.


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