“It happens to be the most played album on the Afternoon Show this year”, Kevin Cole gushed about Sun Structures, the shimmering debut by Temples. The young UK group has been touted by Brit pop luminaries no less than Johnny Marr and Noel Gallagher, and though they may not yet be Top of the Pops, Temples is one of the buzziest bands in the US. It’s a sound you’ve heard before — particularly from pop, glam and psychedelic bands of the 60’s and 70’s like The Byrds, The Beatles, T.Rex, The Electric Prunes and many others — but the band’s approach is refreshingly fresh, making them more sonic cousins to Tame Impala than any sort of Summer of Love imitators, as they layer thrumming bass lines, fuzzy guitars licks and kaleidoscope keys into bright pop melodies that float aloft with their hazy vocal harmonies. With Temples, it feels good to get lost in the past.
Temple’s performance this week was part of our ongoing Live Streaming Video series. Find out more here, and tune in to our next session with The Afghan Whigs on Tuesday, April 15th at 11AM PST.