Back in November, British psych quartet Temples announced their sophomore album Volcano, the follow up to 2014’s absolutely mesmerizing Sun Structures. A month before, they shared the lush, colorful single “Certainty,” showing off the quartet’s more bright, energized persona since the simplicity of their past work. “Strange Or Be Forgotten” is a dreamy, effervescent anthem about recognizing one’s own true identity rather than directly try and be different from the crowd. The feeling is euphoric, yet focused, and as for frontman James Bagshaw’s buoyant, elastic voice, it’s strong, vibrant, and confident, and seems to peek out behind the thick haze of guitar and synth. As the fitting closing track for the album, it builds until it can build no more, and the menagerie of instrumentals have no choice but to mingle in harmony until it dissolves into nothingness. It’s an absolutely beautiful track, one that’s making us ferociously count down the days until the new album.
Volcano will be released on March 3rd.
photo by Ed Miles