Temples – Strange Or Be Forgotten

A great pop music return for the Northampton psyche band.

James Bagshaw vocals beautifully borrow from Mercury Rev’s Jonathon Donahue and Tame Impala’s Kevin Parker. Sonically, this is similar to their Aussie peers as well, however, it’s a four minute pop song. The conciseness of this record proves that pop music doesn’t need to boring.

Lyrically, this is the most symbolic to date. Questioning the necessity to be so individualistic that no-one cares about you is one all bands could heed presently. Identity is great, but, if you cannot make it tangible to something real and make fans feel anything then what is the point?

The way Temples have driven their love of psyche and prog into the realm of pop music is remarkable. It feels the right time Tame Impala to become path makers and allow Temples’ pop majesty to flourish.