Temples – Volcano (Released 3rd March)

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Temples have announced details of the release of their second album. Volcano is released on Heavenly Recordings on Friday March 3rd 2017.

 Self-produced and recorded at the band’s home studio in Kettering, the track listing of the 12-track album is as follows:

1.   Certainty

2.   All Join In

3.   (I Wanna Be Your) Mirror

4.   Oh The Saviour

5.   Born Into The Sunset

6.   How Would You Like To Go

7.   Open Air

8.   In My Pocket

9.   Celebration

10. Mystery Of Pop

11. Roman God-Like Man

12. Strange Or Be Forgotten

 The band recently unveiled the first track to be taken from the album, Certainty, which has already racked up over half a million plays on Spotify and Soundcloud, bagged a B list on 6Music and a #1 spot on Hype Machine for 3 days straight.

 Talking about the recently unveiled video for Certainty, director Alden Volney said

 “This is based on a recurring dream I have been having since childhood about getting into a sea of plastic. So when the band approached me about doing something inspired by those JPOP videos that ooze quirkiness and eccentricity, I thought injecting the color palettes and aesthetics of Japan into this idea could be a good fit. It’s designed to feel like a fever dream you’d have after spending too much time in a Japanese dollar store”

 Following their recent, very special, sold-out show at Oslo in Hackney where they played a number of new tracks, the band have announced another London show at The Electric in Brixton on Thursday 30th March 2017. Further UK shows will be announced shortly.

 The band also play a show at Point Ephémère in Paris on Saturday 3rd December as part of the Rough Trade 40thanniversary weekend.

 It doesn’t take too long with Volcano to realise that, while all the things that made the band special the first time around remain intact, a noticeable evolution has taken place. It’s there from the outset: the beefed-up beats of Certainty reveal an expanded sonic firmament, one in which bright synth hooks and insistent choruses circle around each other over chord sequences that strike just the right balance between nice and queasy. “If there’s a sense of scale,” says lead singer James Bagshaw, “It was really just a result of implementing a load of things that we didn’t know about the first time around.” Co-founding member and bassist Thomas Walmsley describes a record in which “we discovered a lot as we went along, and the excitement at having done so radiates

 One thing you do notice is that it’s harder to spot the influences this time around. It would be disingenuous to evade the psych-pop tag, for sure, but mystical language has been supplanted by something a more direct – and while those influences are still there, it’s no longer possible to pick them out. They’ve been broken down and blended together – fossilised into a single source of creative fuel, so that what you can hear this time around, sounds like nothing so much as Temples. This is the sound of a band squaring up to their potential.

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