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Temples - Volcano

by D R Pautsch Rating:6 Release Date:2017-03-03

The second album from Kettering’s Temples comes with little fanfare and much promise.  Their debut album, Sun Structures was a warm breath of air and had ringing endorsements from the likes of Noel Gallagher.  Airplay and sales didn’t follow that album's promise and its mix of psych and rock didn’t break the band through in any meaningful way.  So when you listen to opening track Certainty you have to wonder why.  Its mini moog and funky psych has enough swagger and confidence to hook you right in.  The fact that the booming drums and seventies styled rock is in evidence throughout would lead you to believe that this is a band going places.  However, if you dig a little beneath the surface and expose Volcano to repeated plays there isn’t quite enough there to warrant return visits.

I Wanna Be Your Mirror is a great example of the problems and wonders that Temples pose. It starts off with an almost twee keyboard cum harpsichord that then turns into reverb and a funky intro. Then it heads precisely nowhere. The chorus doesn’t quite linger, the bridge seems to just get in the way and the vocals don’t mean enough to have you interested. There is nothing bad here, it’s the kind of music which you want bands to be making.  However, it hasn’t progressed much from the debut album and you feel a little short changed. The promise is not delivered often enough and in common with much of the genre there is too much noodling about and wayward songcraft to love everything here. The difference between a band like Temples and Tame Impala, who have achieved some success with this style, is that Tame Impala add something new everytime.  Here it feels like a rehash, not a bad one at all.  Just not one you care to hear too often.  Born Into Sunset sounds like Electronic have been at the psych table for a remix, How Would You Like To Go just bores the pants off the listener and Oh The Saviour plods where it should stomp.

There is hope here. Certainty is a great opening number, the simplicity of Mystery of Pop delivers an earworm worthy moment and the almost air raid siren approach to Open Air brings enough to the table to leave you feeling satisfied.  As ever second albums are the hardest ones and this offering proves that. A third one needs to freshen up the approach and swing for the fences more.

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