#41 Temples – “Volcano” – 52 Weeks of 2017 Albums

England’s newest hit makers, Temples have followed up their exquisite 2014 debut album with this self produced collection of 12 dreamy psych pop tracks recorded at their home studio in Kettering, Northamptonshire 80 miles north of London. Originally a home studio recording project formed in 2012 around the nucleus of singer/guitarist James Bagshaw and bassist Tom Walmsley, Temples later added fellow Kettering resident drummer Samuel Lloyd Toms along with keyboard player Adam Smith in order to play their songs live. Volcano, their second album of psych tinged pop, will most certainly catch the ire of some haters who are likely to complain they have betrayed their strong psych base from the first album.  Bagshaw himself has commented on the progression from the first album describing the latest record as  “a result of implementing a load of things that we didn’t know about the first time around”. On Volcano Temples have boldly decided to not lock themselves into a formula opening themselves up to a world of limitless possibilities beyond the narrow margins and confines of modern psychedelia. Rating: 8/10

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