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Temples Drop Their New Single “Gamma Rays”

English alternative band from Kettering known as Temples, drops their new single “Gamma Rays” from their upcoming new album, Exotico.

English alternative band Temples dropped their new and first single "Gamma Rays" from their upcoming new album, "Exotico."
Temples. Photographer: Anna Gudbrands

“Gamma Rays”

The album will arrive in spring: the Sean Ono Lennon production on Friday 14th April 2023 to be exact. Also, it will be released through ATO Records. And so, the first single “Gamma Rays” arrives along with a Molly Daniel-directed video that was shot in Benidorm, Spain.

In addition, Temples singer and guitarist James Bagshaw says: “In the verse lyrics we’re talking about the grandness of nature, and then the chorus flips that on its head, it sounds like a rejoiceful summer tune about soaking up the rays, but the truth is that soaking up gamma rays will kill you. So it’s about that juxtaposition of beauty and danger that we often find in nature.”

As for the track’s accompanying visuals, Daniel explained: “Filming in Benidorm was inspiring. It’s a very surreal and futuristic space – like Margate meets Vegas meets the end of the world! I wanted a video that felt fast paced and took you on a journey through some great locations.”

“Exotico”

Temples further mentioned:

“During the making of Exotico, Temples learned of the early-modern
phenomenon of phantom islands: bodies of land included on maps for
a period of time but later found to be nonexistent, often the
consequence of oceanic mirage or deliberate mythmaking and the
Kettering band’s fourth long-player takes place in a similarly mystical
setting, an impossibly utopic island dreamed up by singer/guitarist
James Bagshaw, bassist Tom Walmsley, keyboardist/guitarist Adam
Smith, and drummer Rens Ottink. With its resplendent collage of
influences, blending psychedelia with time-bending dream-pop,
Exotico brings that world to life in crystalline detail, all while exploring
an entire spectrum of existential themes: impermanence, mortality, our
connection with nature and the wild immensity of the mind. Equal
parts cerebral and celestial, the result is a truly immersive body of
work, fully affirming Temples as one of today’s most forward-thinking
and endlessly inventive rock bands.”

The track listing of the 16-track album is as follows:

  1. Liquid Air
  2. Gamma Rays
  3. Exotico
  4. Sultry Air
  5. Cicada
  6. Oval Stones
  7. Slow Days
  8. Crystal Hall
  9. Head In The Clouds
  10. Giallo
  11. Inner Space
  12. Meet You Maker
  13. Time Is A Light
  14. Fading Actor
  15. Afterlife
  16. Movements Of Time
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