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Temples – Shelter Song

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It seems like the next big British rock band comes around every day. Newsflash: Temples are the real deal. Their self-produced debut album “Sun Structures” is an instant classic in the same psychedelic vein as Tame Impala’s “Innerspeaker.”

It isn’t hyperbole to say that the guitars on the album’s opener, “Shelter Song,” sound straight off the Beatles “Feel Fine.” And the band is obviously well versed in their hereditary history, pulling from contemporaries like The Fratellis and Mystery Jets as well as forbearers like Led Zeppelin and The Smiths. For psychedelic rock fans, this album is a big deal. The genre has been drifting of late, getting niched-off into metal corners, or floating into a territory so washed out it ceases to be enjoyable. Temples to the rescue!

While “Shelter Song” is pretty straightforward, tracks like “Sand Dance” show the band veering into the hazy, involved solos that mark psyches best examples (check out “Sand Dance” on EMPT LA’s Spotify playlist!). These songs are best on record, every hiss and pop lending to the heady vibe. But “Sun Structures” is also an excellent audiophile record, perfect for high-end headphones. Getting lost in the throwback textures and restrained treated vocals is a treat that you can look forward to.

Because of course you’re going to buy the album RIGHT AWAY. The bandwagon’s about to fill up, ladies and gents. Get on before it’s too late.

Temples – Shelter Song

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Electric Guest – Holiday

Having released their first full length Mondo a few months ago, Electric Guest cruises in with another neo-psychedelic pop anthem. Asa Taccone and Matthew Compton, the duo that is Electric Guest, paired with Danger Mouse to produce their sound, and the Mouse‘s touch is magical and shines through in the Motown sound. Holiday explores all those feel good funk moments with falsetto vocals and amorous lyrics about the girl of your dreams.

Top shelf girl is made of gold
Step into it close enough to feel the cold
Where I wait days with no return
The sun one loves to make me feel the burn, the burn…
 
She’s my holiday, only here for the game
My favorite mistake, living inside the maze
 
We can make it together and I know
We can make it on our own
Always finds a way to run
Only when the heart begins to sound the drum.”

Twinkling guitars add to the upward spiral of psychedelic soul. A likeness exists in the retro sound to Django Django or the Black Keys, but Taccone’s vocals set Electric Guest apart. Much like the entirety of their album, Holiday reminds us of the shade-wearing, windows-down days of summer and love. It’s a one-way ticket to your carefree, fearless youth.

Electric Guest – Holiday

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Midnight Juggernauts – Into the Galaxy (Chateau Marmont Remix)

If you ask me the psychedelic, art and glam rock movements contributed to many aspects of music that people don’t really recognize. Musically these guys pushed and explored without boundaries which pissed off a lot of people but ultimately led to some amazing discoveries. However, I think the my favorite contribution from these movements was how they helped change the perspective of what was considered “acceptable” subject matter for a song. Traditionally, lyrical themes were pretty much about love, poverty and partying. The Psychedelic rock movements introduced songs with philosophical themes, about literature, science fiction, futurism to name a few. I don’t really have a preference for these types of songs mainly because I don’t believe in strict preference but I think anything that helps expand forms of expression is a good thing. That said, here’s another gem from the Ever Better compilation I talked about a few weeks ago. This songs intergalactic theme is yet another metaphor for leaving the pity problems for the higher understanding, the galaxy, enjoy.

Midnight Juggernauts – Into the Galaxy (Chateau Marmont Remix)

Midnight Juggernauts – Into the Galaxy