Thursday 27 April 2017

New Music: Temples Of Youth - Amber

The 80’s often gets a bad name in music history. The bad haircuts, the shoulder pads and some truly tacky songs didn’t help, but it was also responsible for some great underground pop from genres such as new wave and goth. Amber, the new single from Winchester’s Temples of Youth, certainly channels that sound; the pulsing electronics are suitably gloomy and some of the electronic drums have the same dead-zone heaviness that you might find on a Joy Division record. However, it’s not all Armageddon despondency as the chiming guitars have a hint of The Cure in one of Robert Smith’s more let’s get happy moments and there is an airy ambience to some of the synths that sounds more optimistic than it does down. Music to lift you, albeit in a gracious and considerate way. And not a shoulder pad in sight.

Temples Of Youth are slowly beginning to grab some attention for their music, having featured on the Glastonbury Emerging Talent Competition longlist, being played on BBC Introducing and last weekend they played Reading's Are You Listening Festival alongside the likes of The Big Moon, Anna Meredith and Spring King.

Temples Of Youth - Amber

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