Temples – Volcano review: ‘An eruption of ideas and ambition’

Rick Pearson
Follow-up: Temples release brand new album Volcano

Temples are a four-piece from Kettering that are musically and aesthetically indebted to the psych-pop of the Sixties.

There are echoes of The Beatles in the close harmonies of Roman God-Like Man and early-era David Bowie on the whimsical Oh the Saviour.

However, where their debut veered into pastiche, their follow-up subtly modernises their sound — there’s a pleasingly contemporary feel to Certainty’s synth stabs and rubbery bass.

Better still, while frontman James Bagshaw has kept the Marc Bolan barnet, he’s ditched the cod-mystical lyricism.

The result is that Volcano sounds like an album with a reverence for the past but a relevance in the present, erupting throughout with ideas and ambition.

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