Meet James Baghaw (vocals, guitar), Tom Warmsley (bass, backing vocal), Sam Toms (drums) and Adam Smith (keys), the four-piece comprising Kettering, England’s newest (and only?) psychedelic pop band, Temples. After a UK release of their debut 7”, recorded in their own Pyramid Studios, Temples quickly received loads of attention, packing out rooms all over their home country, garnering praise from the likes of Johnny Marr and Robert Wyatt, and being featured in publications, including the NME (“one of the brightest new lights of the current psych scene”), MOJO (“Rising”), Drowned in Sound, and The Guardian. Now, with summer upon us, it’s the perfect time for US audiences to be introduced to this production-obsessed, neo-psych band’s 60s inspired hits. Come July 23rd, Temples will release their debut US single, the “Shelter Song”/”Colours to Life” 7”, via Fat Possum. Additionally, they’ll play their debut shows in North America this fall.
Directed by Philip Di Flore
26-year-old Swedish singer/legit church organist Anna Von Hausswolff was a happy surprise for those of us attending this year’s by:Larm festival in Oslo hoping to come home with at least one name to give friends wanting promising new Nordic talent. The reference point I gave after her excellent performance then was “triangulating Kate Bush and Stevie Nicks,” and a “less gothic Zola Jesus making wistful pop,” which is fair enough in regard to the big single from her 2012 LP Ceremony. As Tom noted last month, things for Von Hausswolff and her record are obviously getting a second wind, because this summer the Ceremony LP will get a re-release, and since her live show is partially responsible for the movement, her camp commissioned this live video of “Mountains Crave,” church organ and all. It casts Anna in a good light (color: red) and you should check it out below:more