Psychedelia has really had a resurgence in the last year or so with bands like Tame Impala leading the way. Temples are the latest to try and plough this furrow with their debut album. Hailing from Kettering they are far from the hustle and bustle of 60's London and Carnaby Street. However, Shelter Song bursts in like something from that era. Catchy and out of time this is a real throwback number. The rest of the album follows suit with songs like The Golden Throne, Move With The Season and a Question Isn't Answered being the most instantly memorable numbers. None of the songs are overly long, which has been an issue with many pysch albums. However, the thing that holds it back from five stars for me is that it doesn't bring anything new to the genre. Tame Impala sounded fresh whereas this is such a throwback album it feels like it could have been recorded many years ago. This isn't a bad thing and for a debut album this is assured and memorable.
When everything outside is wet and gloomy (released in Feb 2014 this is particularly pertinent) this is a ray of sunshine. Joyous and glowing in its happiness.