There’s a decent argument to be made that the true heart of psychedelia lies not in San Francisco but the English countryside.
Those pastoral dales may have spawned innumerable sonnets over the years, but it seems that rolling green fields love nothing better than being soundtracked by unhinged guitars. Syd Barrett came from Cambridge, while revolutionary dope ‘n’ guns combo Spacemen 3 hailed from the relatively placid confines of Oxford.
Listening to Temples, you imagine a tribe of bandits dosed in hallucinogenics, reciting ancient Egyptian lore in the Californian desert. In fact, they’re young musicians from Kettering who debut single is currently glued to our office turntable.
‘Shelter Song’ has guitars that melt like Dali’s clocks, chords that peer through the pinpricks in your consciousness. Out today (November 12th) via essential British label Heavenly, the seven inch single comes equipped with the equally phantasmagorical B-side ‘Prisms’.
Our latest Track of the Day, though, is something different. The Society remix of ‘Shelter Song’ retains the lysergic nature of the original, but adds some mind expanding electronics. It feels like a mini-epic, with the track folding and unfolding in a game of musical origami across its three minute span.
As English as a cup of tea, but watch out for those sugarcubes...