In the great Venn diagram of the music world, you’d never think that that PressPLAY would intersect with Noel Gallagher (apart from in our mutual dislike of brother Liam). But that’s the allure of Kettering band Temples, whose first singles have had us all completely in their thrall. And why the hell not? After another rather disappointing year for UK guitar bands – we don’t mention The 1975 here, thank you – we’ve all turned to the excitement thrown our way from Aussie psych-rock acts like Tame Impala and Jagwar Ma instead.
While it’s the former that Temples will be compared to, their debut album Sun Structures owes a lot to our own rich British tradition of drug-addled 60s-70s psychedelia (Fab Four very much included). We’ve heard the singles already and they still stand tall – Shelter Song, Mesmerise, Colours to Life, all still the perfect starting point for a Temples virgin. Meanwhile, the title track and songs like The Golden Throne and Keep in the Dark spring to life with jaunty chords and James Edward Bagshaw’s preternatural propensity for an indefatigably sunny chorus.
By any standard, Sun Structures is an exceptional debut and, by our reckoning, just as strong an opening salvo as Tame Impala’s Innerspeaker. Songs like Move With the Season (with it’s sensational marriage of organ and woozy guitar) and the chart-friendly Test of Time belie the youth of this band, emerging as if they’ve the panache of veteran songwriters. But in plainer terms, we couldn’t have picked a better record to kick off our album reviews in 2014: Sun Structures is like the perfect placebo to see out the end of winter, and we’ve had to restrain ourselves several times from forming a joy circle in a local meadow, passing round a bong, and repeating the phrase ‘gnarly, dude’. God only knows what this lot will inspire at festivals, but we can’t wait to find out.