Angeles quartet Red Temple Spirits skillfully mix post-punk influences
- mid-period Cure,
Savage Republic, early (Death)
Cult - with a loving dose of lysergic psychedelia (Syd Barrett
and Roky Erickson are particular touchstones). Bassist Dino Paredes
and guitarist Dallas Taylor coax entrancing drones and pulses from
thier instruments with judicious uses of echoe and other effects,
while shamanistic frontman William Faircloth (a colorful immigrant
from Britain's original '60s psychedelic movement) delves into mysticism
(Native American on the first album, Tibetan on the second) with
a grace and passion rarely seen before.
to Restore an Eclipsed Moon is an astonishing debut. The luxurios
packaging (doubleLP/single CD) mirrors the care put into the music,
which tastefully incorporates flutes, bells, natural sounds (water,
birds) to create a heady atmosphere of ritualistic ecstasy. Short
catchy compositions like 'Dark Spirits' and 'Dreamings Ending' alternate
with several long and complex pieces.
follow-up album is far more direct, both in the melodic music and
the lyrics, which turn towards external/environmental stimuli. As
crystallized by the gorgeous 'Dive In Deep' and an incandescent
cover of Pink Floyd's 'Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun,'
the theme of hope for the magic and beauty of life in the face of
despair remains. Prior to the Spirits, Faircloth lent his vocal
ululations to the similarly psychedelic Ministry of Love, a trio
that included guitar wiz Mark Nine. Although lacking the Red Temple
Spirits' brilliant chemistry, there are some great moments on the
five-track EP, including 'Living in the Moment' (a showcase for
Nine's e-bow mastery) and Faircloth's touching ballad, 'You're Not
On Your Own'
Above Text is taken from the Trouser Press guide to records, written
by Greg Fasolino)
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