Two years ago, Temples released their debut album Sun Structures and unleashed their personal brand of chunky, addictive psych-rock on the world, all performed in 70’s friendly haircuts and equally enamored uniforms. Though the British quartet may be young in age, their intense skill in crafting fervid, beautifully heavy sounds goes well beyond their years, which may be the reason why their debut album has a permanent spot in our top ten. With this in mind, you can imagine our excitement last week when the group released “Certainty,” their first track since 2014. The lush, supersonic synth immediately commands the ear, bordered on all sides with a thick, consistent bass line. Frontman James Bagshaw, who also produced the track, revisits his flexible croon, transcending gorgeously into euphoria when the chorus hits. He mentions he wanted to create something “playful and harmonious, but with a dark twist.” It’s clear their aesthetics have changed ever so slightly, but the heart is still there, bright and beating. The new track serves as a brief teaser for the band’s sophomore album, set for release in early 2017.
photo by Ed Miles