Here’s a piece I wrote for Vulture Hound a little while back. Find it on the site here: http://vulturehound.co.uk/2016/09/artist-of-the-week-260916-temples-of-youth/
Now we’re done with festivals in the sun and dancing under blue skies, it’s time for the comedown. However it’s not all doom and gloom, the music world never stops going and while we might not be camping out in fields any time soon, there’s plenty of acts to see in venues nearby.
If you are indeed looking for something to soothe your festival blues, Winchester duo Temples of Youth might just be the band for you. Their brooding harmonies paired with electronica through their use of synths make for a hybrid of Daughter/The xx – moody, symphonic and intriguing all at the same time. Their enigmatic sound is only heightened on stage, the force of their music coming through in such a way that is almost hypnotic.
Recent track ‘Churches’ has an air of sophistication with its smooth, slow and sensual melodies making for a well-rounded and altogether pleasing listening experience. Dark basslines and husky vocals that travel like smoke; delicately drifting through the air, lingering long enough to make them stand out. When compared to their first track, the slightly more synth heavy ‘Enso’, this track comes across a touch more mature, Temples of Youth are certainly not stuck in a rut and they are definitely one to keep an eye on.
The deep rhythms intensify the emotional side of their songs, while the addition of the synth peps it up and stops us from drowning in our sorrows entirely. This is a duo that grabs your attention with the powerful kick of their sound and a humble charm that keeps them grounded. Their music comes right from the heart, both on record and on stage, and sticks with you for days later.
Feature image and design by Julian Benjamin.