With Gravitas Music re-releasing Templo’s EP, Mountains Can’t Cry, as a mix this past Friday. I thought it would be the perfect time for me to revisit the artists’ latest masterpiece. Step inside the mind of the Templo with me.
Psychedelia meets bass on the latest EP from Templo.
While the bass genre has witnessed a massive increase in popularity as of late, producers are challenged to think outside the box with more unique sounds. Well, Templo certainly has the recipe for success with perfectly, executed production from start to finish. Each track has such a different feel in its distinct way as each feels like a whole new adventure. The production is richly layered with tons of instrumentation, enchanting vocals & jaw busting bass drops.
We are soon greeted by some real trippy, tribal vocals which become your mind’s guide for this 5-minute-long journey.
‘Magnetics’, the first track off the album introduces us to Templo’s world of psychedelics. The tune begins with the listener becoming immersed in the sounds of nature. We are soon greeted by some real trippy, tribal vocals which become your mind’s guide for this 5-minute-long journey. The song eventually pours out into a gooey mess that will have your brain scattered across the floor.
The next song, ‘The Owl Watches’, builds up with a mesmerizing melody on the strings. The track dives into the hallows of the ancient downtempo ruins. Templo flexes his scratching capabilities on this track. Looking to lose yourself in the music, look no further than this one.
‘Shot in the Dark’ is an expedition through darkness that spirals into depths of the unknown. The song incorporates some sexy horns that beef the track up. Blinded by the darkness, Templo gives us a jolt of energy thanks to some super sinister and wonky basslines. Don’t be fooled by this dark tune as it will have even the headiest of wooks grooving.
As ‘Tommy Heads West’ begins, you wonder and question Tommy’s trip. Smooth piano keys rain over the listener as wind instruments chime in the background. The track focuses on lower-end frequencies with some gritty bass lines. The late addition of horns on this song adds that signature spice to help Tommy complete his quest.
‘They Gone’ is built on some real funky bass lines that will have you feeling like you are being transported in a spaceship. Wind instruments provide captivating rhythms that will transcend you beyond space and time. This track has late-night vibes in the Sherwood Forest written all over it.
I don’t know how the hell he concocted this medley, but this track is simply a production masterpiece.
The last track on the EP, ‘Red Shot Scandal’, begins with those signature acid house, computer sounds. Suddenly, you are uplifted by some reggae vocals over a heavy bassline. Before you know it, the song throws you smack in the middle of the jungle. Tribal sounds meshed with some of the lowest frequency wubs I have ever heard create an everlasting image in the listener’s mind. The song is a legitimate mix of robust sounds that works so perfectly together. I don’t know how the hell he concocted this medley, but this track is simply a production masterpiece.
Templo will be one of the many new faces at this year’s Electric Forest. After making waves in 2019 playing festivals such as Voodoo, Sonic Bloom and Resonance, Templo is creating a name for himself in the bass scene. He’ll look to close out his exciting year opening for CloZee and Of The Trees in Chicago. Stream/download the mix below and tap the links to discover more music from this rising artist.
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