Saturday 19 August 2017
Temple Of Switches - Helium Parade (2017)
The second album from this US band.
The band is a trio on this album with a lineup of synths, drum programming, bass, guitars and vocals. Both male and female vocals.
I did a review of their 2015 self-titled debut album last summer and quite liked that album. So the band sent me this album for review.
..... Although album is perhaps not the right thing to write. This album is twenty-nine minutes and some seconds long. Then again, an EP is twenty-five minutes long. So this is an album. OK ??
This twenty odd minutes long album also means a more punchy straight to the bone album. No dilly-dallying here.
This album starts out with a lot of David Bowie inspirations from his last albums. No, not one of his many eras. The more stripped down albums. R.I.P David as you have probably inspired this band too.
The female vocals kicks in and the music turns to a much more laidback jazzy and cool rock. The album then turns into a much more experiemental album with som avant-garde and jazzy stuff.
So the first half of this album is good to very good. The last half sounds like the band has run out of steam and good melodies. I am again not convinced that we are facing a good album here. But keep at it, guys. Don't give up.