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SINGLE REVIEW: TEMPLES - 'MESMERISE'

Indie | Friday 28th February 2014 | James

Following Tame Impala's album Lonerism breakthrough into the mainstream across the past year, the Australian's have been credited with reigniting interest in 1960s flavoured, Beatlesesque psychedelic rock; which for me at least, can only be a good thing (as is anything that stops Miles Kane's gimmick-ish claim to such a revivalist label). And like Tame Impala, Northampton-rockers Temples seem to sound oddly familiar yet ambitious and unique simultaneously. Taking the heavy, echoing drum rhythms, flowing, spaced-out melodies and 'chanting-atop-a-psychedelic-mountain' vocal style, Mesmerise is the sound of messers Lennon, Harrison, Starr and McCartney giggling and stoned before their Tomorrow Never Knows acid peak. Though to credit The Beatles with every such band would be grossly unfair, and there is enough in Mesmerise to suggest Temples can stand on their own two feet as a band. And don't let support slots for The Rolling Stones at Hyde Park, or endorsements from the likes of Noel Gallagher and Paul Weller convince you otherwise; these guys are no mere 1960s fancy-dress throwback. 

James Gale


7/10

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