Sun Structures

Temples - Sun Structures
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Based on 28 reviews
2014 Ratings: #444 / 1019
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Based on 256 ratings
2014 Ratings: #221
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Perhaps unusually for an album these days, Sun Structures is a compelling listen throughout its 55 minutes, holding together perfectly as a whole with strong tracks dotted throughout. 


While they can definitely be grouped with the other psychedelic bands of the moment — think a janglier version of Tame Impala with a touch of mysticism thrown in for good measure — they write catchy songs too.

Under The Radar

Temples may not be about to win any awards for Most Groundbreaking Sound, but they channel their influences so skillfully, and have such a good ear for a melody, that it's almost impossible not to fall for them. A supremely confident and delightful debut. 

The 405

If all 2014 psych releases are like this one, it's going to be one hell of a year.


Sun Structures is an impressive debut that would be legendary now if it had been released in 1967; in 2014 it's merely the best psych pop around.


The model lovechild of Jim Morrison, Marc Bolan, John Hassall and Timothy Leary, singer James Edward Bagshaw is a true cosmic dancer, but he’s no fool either, with one keen eye on dragging the psych revival chartward.

The Skinny

Sun Structures sways and breathes with all the warmth and colour the name depicts, its dozen tracks proving a savvy synthesis of the influences they so transparently parade.


Whilst 'Sun Structures' blends together their debt to British folk and rock, Temples do it with a consistent and wonted stride.

The Line of Best Fit

Even though as one congealed blob it’s a rollicking rollercoaster to soundtrack your less legal vices, it can be hacked into meaty chunks and doled out with just as much success.

Pretty Much Amazing

Rather than trying to capture and update the 60s, Sun Structures just tries to be the 60s, which is great but by now you’d think we’d have made a little progress. It’s Tame Impala, without the weirdness or the forward movement.

No Ripcord

That widescreen ambition can be truly found in their carefully stitched together patchwork of sublime vibes; it’s unfortunate that those hypnotic swirls meld together with a vanilla finish. 


The songs here also have a tendency to become indistinguishable on repeat listens. But these faults can be ignored if the listener is in desperate need of classic psychedelia. 


There is nothing here to absorb about psychedelic music that Temples haven't already absorbed for you, and without imparting their own ideas.

Drowned in Sound

Sun Structures is a record made with flair and skill by a band who know exactly what they’re doing - and that’s the problem. Temples are trying so hard to be something else that we lose track of who they actually are.


Sounds a bit like Tame Impala, but that's not necessarily bad. Has it's moments.


classic 60's psychedelia with a slight modern twist. good stuff


Lawful good psych


Shelter Song - 8/10
Sun Structures - 8/10
The Golden Throne - 5.5/10
Keep in the Dark - 9/10
Mesmerise - 9/10
Move With the Season - 9/10
Colours to Life - 9/10
A Question Isn't Answered - 8.5/10
The Guesser - 7/10
Test of Time - 9/10
Sand Dance - 10/10
Fragment's Light - 6/10


I'm personally not a lot familiar with Temples, but that's why I dive into the discographies of these artists, usually my reviews are of albums I've never heard before. And Temples is basically just another cool indie band I've heard a bit. So I was really drawn into the fact that the beginning of this album straight up sounded like 60s psychedelic rock. It later adjusted to a more Tame Impala influenced sound, but that was enough for me to mark this album as pretty cool. So more about the ... read more


Lawful good psych

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Added on: November 18, 2013