Opener Certainty catapults the listener into the world of cartoons and 90’s Nintendo games, featuring a cheesy synthesizer. Although it works as an opening statement, things improve on the next couple of tracks. All Join In is classic 60’s, including the outro that could be directly taken from Pink Floyd’s The Piper at the Gates of Dawn. Those kind of songs are effective. They evoke the best of the sixties psychedelic rock. But things really get interesting when Temples try to add another layer to their songs.
Highlights on the album include the baroque gem (I wanna be your) Mirror, drenched in a beautiful kind of melancholy. Mystery of Pop brings ethnic influences into the bargain. And Roman God-Like Man might have a rather cringe worthy title, but the song itself is pure bliss, sounding like a missing track from The Kinks’ Something Else.
Temples don’t use their influences to create something decidedly unique. They draw inspiration from the reverb-drenched pop music that reminds of an era where bands like Love, early Pink Floyd or The Zombies were creating sonic adventures. Volcano adds more complexity to the blueprint that was created on debut album Sun Structures. If MGMT brings quirkiness to the table, Tame Impala the funkiness and Mini Mansions the dark undertones, then Temples provide the bright summer sun.