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This week my favourite song of the week is the storming new single from Toronto based quartet Feather Weight. This second of a pair of singles written shortly after their formation, it is the latest introduction to the band, who are currently working on a debut EP, due out in the summer.

Discussing the track, Feather Weight have suggested “Volcano” is about, “human repression in the psyche and an exploration of emotional expression”, the lyrical heaviness set against a surprisingly danceable rhythm and early 2000’s indie-vibe. With tumbling guitar lines, rapid-fire vocal yelps and steady snare-driven rhythms. Bright, breezy and rather intoxicating, Feather Weight are a band that you could be getting excited about.

Volcano by Feather Weight featherweightsounds.bandcamp.com

Band Members
Alistair Bundale: Vocals / Guitar
Neil Culbert: Guitar / Vocals
Raymond Cara: Drums / Vocals
Jordan Quinn: Bass / Vocals
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TEMPLES – ” Volcano “

Posted: December 7, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Temples returned with their neo-psychedelic follow-up to their neo-psychedelic debut “Sun Structures”. Some moments strike like Tame Impala , others soar and don’t look back. They didn’t slump with “Volcano”, they, well, I was going to say like they played the trump card,

We kick off with “Certainty”, echoing the repeated, falsetto hook “I want to know that certainty is in my life.” It’s catchy, airy, uber-singable and has a light pop mix. Leaning in to the chorus, all I can hear is drums, vocals and a little icing. It’s a play from the top 40 playbook. Its cheesy on paper, but works wonders as an advancement on their sound. Not like a left turn into pop at all, more like a recipe with an extra appealing ingredient.

The second track, “All Join In” plays more like an intro, with its extended drum reverberations and epic mountain top synth line. The chorus is a half time jaunt with another soaring melody from James Edward Bagshaw. Elsewhere, “Oh the Savior” has immediacy and hooks on hooks. The first time through the verse it feels familiar, by the third time, you feel like you wrote it. Then the chorus takes off too. Like being in the stratosphere, then jumping in a rocket to go the megasphere.

The majority of the choruses here feel airborne, popping back to the 90’s, when every verse was pointless, and every chorus could fly. But it isn’t just Temples’ choruses, it’s the way they lead into them. The one measure hold and pop, or the seamless flow, their transitions flourish.

The guitar makes one major appearance on “Roman Godlike Man”. The rest is plenty of psychedelic keyboards, like the rainbow sherbet leads of the lead off track, and the waves of Cut Copy color on “How Would You Like To Go?” Also, the is-it-a-guitar-is-it-a-synthesizer lead on “Open Air” and the weighty, deliberate intro on “Celebration”. The sneaky hook lead on “Mystery of Pop” is inviting, my compliments to the chef.

The lyrics are typical dreamer, adventurer stuff, “We stand we land the form of parallelogram” and “mystic man stands like a contest”. They leave enough ambiguity for the imagination, sometimes leaning on the absurd with a british wit — “I’d like to put you in my pocket.” Like some psychedelic pop records, the first two or three listens offer little differentiation, but repeated listens reveal subtleties between the main similarities — drums, falsetto choruses.

They save the best for last as “Strange or be Forgotten” is the one track you won’t forget. A slightly funky groove kicks in, and a guitar echo base that both fade into a classic Temples verse melody, repeated, syncopated, and begging to be sang in falsetto. There are four different melody structures to the song, a verse, something of a pre-chorus, that fades into an additional pre-chorus, most bands would have built the song around these key pieces, but Temples bury the lede and keeps the chorus melody for last, and it’s the strongest on the record.

Volcano follows a rich tradition of British bands with pop sensibilities that flew under the radar: Supergrass; or never quite made it in America: Blur. How that much legendary music has come from this small island we will never know. This record’s closest counterpart is last year’s Currents from Tame Impala. Temples can’t quite reach pop solidarity like those Aussies, but they can come close enough.

 

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Temples have unveiled a new track from their upcoming album “Volcano” and it’s another psych-pop doozy.

Bassist Tom Warmsley said of ‘Strange Or Be Forgotten’: “We’re continually inundated with pressure in modern life to have to make something ourselves and leave behind a legacy in this world.” He explained that, “‘Strange Or Be Forgotten’ is our way of questioning the necessity of having to be all so individual and unique – when really it’s our true selves that should be celebrated”.

The Kettering indie-psych outfit broke cover at the tail end of 2016, airing new material via a series of intimate shows. Second album ‘Volcano’ arrives on March 3rd,

After a shuddering start, the track evolves into a swooning, blissful pop number drenched in epic strings and wobbly synths that’ll be a euphoric ending to ‘Volcano’. It’s Temples just being themselves, and that’s just the way we like them.

The band have also announced an absolutely massive tour across the UK and Europe in March and April. Kicking off in Newcastle on 26th March, they’ll be hopping all around the continent for a month before eventually returning to Bristol to end the tour on 27th April. Standard way to round off a mammoth run of dates then.

The sunny psych rock 4-piece from Kettering is back with Volcano, their sophomore follow-up to the globally-praised classic debut Sun Structures, a distinct voice in the massive neo-psych movement of the past few years.  While many bands followed the lofi aesthetic in the school of The Velvet Underground, Temples led a UK movement of studio professionalism with one foot in the door of post-Nirvana Brit Pop and the other in early 70s glammed-out T-Rextacy.  Their music has a psych pulse, but the rhythms swing and gyrate with pop star confidence.  It’s one big party, and everyone from Donovan to The Byrds to Marc Bolan to Neu! to Oasis are invited.

Volcano looks to be embracing some synth influences, but it’s still got that Temples formula that we’ve all fallen in love with.  Check out first single Certainty on a previous post and grab one of the 300 yellow vinyl variants from Heavenly Recordings .  Heavenly is a UK label.