Temples ‘Hot Motion’

TEMPLES’ third album, Hot Motion will be released on ATO Records on Friday 27th September.  The title track ‘Hot Motion’ is a song about “the tensions of desire, dreams and nightmares”


Renowned for their mesmerising live performances and having just played a stunning set at this year’s All Points East Festival, Temples have also announced a UK and European headline tour in the early winter, a number of festival shows over the summer and an extensive US tour in the autumn.

Hot Motion follows acclaimed albums Sun Structures (2014) and Volcano (2017). First bursting onto the music scene with the single ‘Shelter Song’ in 2012, Temples immediately found an ardent audience around the globe. In the US they graced the stages of The Tonight Show and Ellen while music critics lauded their shimmering, rhapsodic take on psychedelia.

With their third, brilliantly crafted and ingeniously intricate, album Temples have found new ground and a deeper, darker creative well.  A glorious technicolour infuses much of the album but there is a David Lynch-ian undertone that adds a gravity to Hot Motion’s soaring moments. “It felt like there was a darker edge to what we were coming up with and we wanted to make sure that carried through across the whole record,” said bassist Thomas Walmsley. “It’s not a 10-track, relentless rock record from start to finish, it’s got a lot of light and shade and more tender moments, but that heavier, darker sound for us is something we wanted to make sure was in there and explore further.”

Fizzing with ideas, bursting with kinetic energy and balancing an immediate impact with an enduring, timeless intensity, Hot Motion is a cohesive album in a time of stand alone singles. Temples have created an aural tapestry for dark days; an inviting and warm sanctuary away from the daily churn of information overload. It’s an album of complexity, crafted for repeat listening.

Setting up the recording in an outbuilding of lead-singer James Bagshaw’s house in the midlands of England, the space proved a factor in the gestation of the record. “We’ve gone from bedroom to living room to a dedicated space. We could all set up in the same room and allow things to play out a lot more like a band. That played a huge part in the sound of the record,” said Walmsley.

Lyrically too, this record has seen Temples embrace “purer, primal” feelings. “I’m really proud of ‘You’re Either On Something’ lyrically,” admitted Bagshaw. “On that track, I can hear influences of stuff that I listened to when I was growing up. There’s almost a nostalgia to that track, even though it’s very forward-looking. Equally, while the words on [album closer] ‘Monuments’ are a little cryptic It’s very much about the time we live in. I wouldn’t say it’s a political song but you can’t help but write about the things that are happening.”

The track listing of the 11-track album is:

1.   Hot Motion
2.   You’re Either On Something
3.   Holy Horses
4.   The Howl
5.   Context
6.   The Beam
7.   Not Quite The Same
8.   Atomise
9.   It’s All Coming Out
10. Step Down
11. Monuments

Hot Motion can be pre-ordered HERE

The full list of dates are as follows:

05.07.19 – Vida Festival – BARCELONA
06.07.19 – Astral Festival – BRISTOL
16.07.19 – Festival Les Georges – FRIBOURG
30.08.19 – Manchester Psych Fest @ The Ritz – MANCHESTER
06.09.19 – Ebrovision Festival – MIRANDA DE EBRO
16.11.19 – Shimmer Sounds Festival – CARDIFF
17.11.19 – Shimmer Sounds Festival – BIRMINGHAM
19.11.19 – Botanique Orangerie – BRUSSELS
20.11.19 – Trabendo – PARIS
22.11.19 – Mascotte – ZURICH
23.11.19 – Locomotiv –= BOLOGNA
24.11.19 – Magnolia – MILAN
25.11.19 – Roxy – PRAGUE
26.11.19 – Festsaal Kreuzberg – BERLIN
28.11.19 – Grunspan – HAMBURG
29.11.19 – Loppen – COPENHAGEN
30.11.19 – Luxor – COLOGNE
02.12.19 – Komedia – BRIGHTON
04.12.19 – Riverside – NEWCASTLE
06.12.19 – Rescue Rooms – NOTTINGHAM
07.12.19 – Engine Rooms – SOUTHAMPTON
08.12.19 – Shepherd’s Bush Empire – LONDON

Tickets for the U.K. shows go on-sale at 10am of Friday 7th June.

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