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17 Jul 2017

Psychic Temple "IV" 2017 US Indie Rock ,Neo Psych Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on yellow vinyl with hot pink swirl and green splatter.















Psychic Temple  "IV"  2017 US Indie Rock ,Neo Psych Limited to 500 hand-numbered copies on yellow vinyl with hot pink swirl and green splatter.

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https://schlarb.bandcamp.com/album/iv

Records like Psychic Temple IV aren't made anymore. Maybe they never were. There is a magic present that some mistake for "tubes" or "tape" but it's no more complicated than putting the right musicians together with the right songs.

Produced and composed by band/cult leader Chris Schlarb, Psychic Temple IV is what happens when 87-year old Max Bennett (bassist on Joni Mitchell's Court and Spark and Hissing of Summer Lawns) plays with 26-year old drummer Tabor Allen (of Cherry Glazerr). British rock legend Terry Reid sings a trio of duets written and arranged for the only artist nicknamed "Superlungs". When keyboardist Mick Rossi wrote to say he would be in town with the Philip Glass Ensemble, songs were composed and a new date was put on the calendar.

The recording studio is not just Schlarb's laboratory, it's also his workplace. Since the release of 2015's Psychic Temple III he has produced over two dozen albums ranging in style from jazz, bluegrass, folk, and rock to country, R&B, experimental, and children's music. "I used to ditch class in high school and spend hours at the library researching how people made records," Chris says. "It's all I've wanted to do for the last 20 years." He recently opened BIG EGO, his own commercial studio in Long Beach, California.

Psychic Temple IV was recorded in Los Angeles over a series of eight large scale sessions. In the spirit of the classic Wrecking Crew sessions for Phil Spector and the Beach Boys, the band was often tasked with recording four songs per session. Vocals were added as soon as the rhythm section tracks were cut with Terry Reid, Arlene Deradoorian, and Nedelle Torrisi joining Chris in the studio to work out harmony parts and sing live together.

After making his vocal debut on III, Schlarb toured the country twice over. His voice is assured and he seems to have lived with these songs (and the idea of singing) for some time. His melodies are soulful yet unpredictable having transferred his ability to write for instrumental ensembles to pop music. And yet the exploratory spirit of the first Psychic Temple album still abides. The music has been pored over with both care and abandon. There is magic in Psychic Temple IV. It's no more complicated than that.......

Psychic Temple is a cult. Psychic Temple is a band. Psychic Temple is a singular vision realized by the some of the finest artists on Planet Earth. Chris Schlarb's melodies are soulful yet unpredictable, and yet the exploratory spirit of the first Psychic Temple album still abides. The music has been poured over with both care and abandon. There is magic in Psychic Temple's 'IV'. It's no more complicated than that. This edition is presented on BLACK VINYL.........

The poignant cry of a trumpet gives way to brooding guitars, accented by dreamy saxophones, and powerful yet effortless arrangement creates a soulful melody and showcases honest words, fervent and devout in their feeling. Sorrow and hope intertwine and search for resolution.

Driving aimless afternoons under too hot sun, the pomegranate bushes growing there long before you took your first breath, their fruit once sweet and bountiful is now dying, drying, it hangs rusted on burned branches. Change sweeps subtle and slow, years past and perhaps nothing was ever how you once remembered it; all just a feverdream of a life long past, sun bleached over endless summers into non-existence. Streets and faces, familiar as the scars on your knees now so uncertain, obscured more each time you pass them. Hazy skies and stagnant air that hangs heavy; the season unrelenting. Black tar roads double back upon themselves, a labyrinth you never intended to be lost in. Salvation is always just out of reach, but still you must keep reaching.

Beyond this scorched earth is a promise of light, it filters through evergreen branches. Memory slips as it is meant to; blushing windowpanes lost their color years ago; forget them. No matter how many times you trace your steps, you can never find the path back again, imprints from the soles of your shoes have long since faded. Turning in endless circles proves fruitful, eyes closed against hot wind, understanding blooms. The pomegranate bushes will never bear fruit again; alchemy only comes in the form of moving forward.

I’ve got to run, I’ve got to fly

SOS

If I don’t leave, I’m gunna die

I’m already gone.

“SOS” premiers off Psychic Temple IV, available here on Joyful Noise.

Take a listen to “SOS” for yourself:......by MIA ANTOINETTE ...............

Tracklist
A1 Spanish Beach
A2 Wait For Me
Lyrics By – Tabor Allen
Music By, Lyrics By – Chris Schlarb
A3 Dream Dictionary
A4 Turn Off The Lights
A5 Nazarene Dream
Lyrics By – Tabor Allen
Music By, Lyrics By – Chris Schlarb
B1 SOS
B2 Paper Tiger
Lyrics By – Tabor Allen
Music By – Chris Schlarb
B3 If I Don’t Leave They’ll Take Me Away
B4 The Art Of Giving Up
B5 Isabella Ocean Blue
Arranged By [Horn Arrangement] – Jeremy Trezona

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