Here Is Your Temple - So High EP (Review)
Review by Jack Foley
SWEDISH five-piece Here Is Your Temple specialise in heavy, dreamy, alt-pop that is designed to transport the listener to an alternative dimension (or head space).
For the most part, this debut EP succeeds in doing just that while drawing on their love of bands such as Depeche Mode and Fleetwood Mac, as well as cinematic artists such as Vangelis.
The EP is led by the single So High, which positively blows you away from the moment its swirling synth and scuzzy bassline combine to seamless effect. The opening lyric declares “so high I can’t come down” and similarly sets the template for the kind of outer-world journey Here Is Your Temple then insist on whisking you along on.
So High has an element of Fleetwood Mac about some of its composition, albeit a Mac couched in the thick, icy Scandinavian sound of their own immediate environment. Emily McWilliam’s vocals shimmer and melt, while the lush instrumentals provide a brilliant backdrop. The chorus is a doozy.
If the remainder of the EP perhaps fails to measure up to the five-star quality of that one song, then there’s still a lot to admire. Once Rich has a world-weary feel that nevertheless conjures up some charming electronic melodies and some satisfyingly subversive lyrics (“the robot made me play with you”/“nothing is a sure thing”), while Say Hey combines some classic, classy folk hooks with another great chorus (vocally layered and both charming and atmospheric in its own way).
Big Way has a prog-rock meets electro-pop vibe that eventually wins you over with another big chorus and Daniel rounds things off with a brooding, ethereal finale that, again, leans towards the cinematic in its use of electronics. The vocals, here, though are more ghostly than ever before and lend that foreboding edge.
It’s a fascinating mixture of styles that offers a very rich and rewarding listen. Now, roll on a full album!
Download picks: So High, Say Hey
Watch the acoustic video for So High: