psychic temple III (LP, £17.50)label: Asthmatic Kitty
Psychic Temple ‘III’ completes the transition from avant-jazz solo project to a working band constructed around timeless songs that draw upon the rich history of classic American soul, blues and folk. • Equally immersed in the sound of California’s canyons and the swamps of the deep South, Psychic Temple’s cult leader / guitarist Chris Schlarb steps out of the shadows and up to the microphone for the first time with astonishing results. • Maintaining Psychic Temple’s affinity for nuance and delicate minimalism, ‘III’ exhibits a new directness cantered around Schlarb’s agile guiding voice. • Culled from sessions recorded at home in Los Angeles and the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, ‘III’ includes contribution and performances from Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Bob Dylan), David Hood (JJ Cale, Aretha Franklin), Mike Watt (minutemen, The Stooges), Avi Buddalo, Nedelle Torrisi (Sufjan Stevens), Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle, NOMO), Dave Easley (Brian Blade Fellowship) and more. • Coming together quickly and intuitively, the album was mixed over three days with Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson).
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