On their debut album, English group Temples tap into the same psychedelic vein that Tame Impala explored so well on their first record. Ethereal and dreamy yet driven by a healthy dose of guitars and persistent percussion, this is a record that is at times easy to zone out to but also jarringly demanding of your attention at other points.
‘Sun Structures’ really is a melting pot of psychedelic influences, each track synthesising the best of late 60s’ psychedelia. Throughout the album you can hear hints of The Beatles (‘Shelter Song’), The Zombies (‘Colours To Life’), The Byrds (‘Move With The Season’). Their emphasis on the psychedelic pop of this period takes them in a very different direction than many recent groups’ forays into psychedelia. The emphasis on vocals, rather than burying them down in the mix results in jaunty pop-friendly tunes that have a lightness to them. Songs like the title track, ‘Keep In The Dark’ and ‘Golden Throne’ barrel along like a carnival ride and are incredibly catchy.
On ‘Sun Structures’, Temples prove they can match it with their contemporaries Tame Impala when it comes to songwriting and wielding their instruments. By following in the footsteps of The Byrds and The Zombies, they have however limited themselves, adhering a little too closely to pop structures rather than pushing the boundaries as we saw particularly on ‘Lonerism’, Kevin Parker’s stellar 2012 album. It perhaps also draws them closer in comparison to fellow Poms, Django Django and here Temples definitely triumph, producing a far more consistent album than Django’s debut.
All up, ‘Sun Structures’ is a remarkably accomplished debut album from a group who’ve been together for less than two years! Equipped with an armoury of solid songs and presumably the ability to write more, it’s easy to see why Temples have so many people’s attention and it’s not hard to imagine this being the case for a few years to come.