In UK band Temples' highly anticipated second album Volcano was self-produced and recorded at the group's home studio in Kettering and mixed by David Wrench.
The band recently unveiled the first track to be taken from the album, ‘Certainty’, which has already racked up over half a million plays on Spotify and Soundcloud, bagged a triple j Spot add, B-list on 6Music and was #1 on Hype Machine for three days straight.
It doesn’t take too long with Volcano to realise that, while all the things that made Temples special the first time around remain intact, a noticeable evolution has taken place. It’s there from the outset: the beefed-up beats of ‘Certainty’ reveal an expanded sonic firmament, one in which bright synth hooks and insistent choruses circle around each other over chord sequences that strike the right balance between nice and queasy.
“If there’s a sense of scale,” says lead singer James Bagshaw, “it was really just a result of implementing a load of things that we didn’t know about the first time around.” Co-founding member and bassist Thomas Walmsley describes a record in which “we discovered a lot as we went along, and the excitement at having done so radiates.”