Friday, March 7, 2008

Red Temple Spirits - 2 LP's (1988, 1989 Fundamental)

Los Angeles quartet Red Temple Spirits skillfully mixes tribal post-punk influences mid-period Cure, Savage Republic, early (Death) Cult with a loving dose of lysergic psychedelia (Syd Barrett and Roky Erickson are particular touchstones). Bassist Dino Paredes (formerly of Psi-Com, with Perry Farrell) and guitarist Dallas Taylor coax entrancing drones and pulses from their instruments with judicious use of echo and other effects, while shamanistic frontman William Faircloth (a colorful immigrant from Britain's original '60s psychedelic movement) delves into mysticism (Native American on the first album, Tibetan on the second) with a grace and passion rarely seen before.

Dancing to Restore an Eclipsed Moon is an astonishing debut. The luxurious packaging (double LP/single CD) mirrors the care put into the music, which tastefully incorporates flutes, bells and natural sounds (water, birds) to create a heady atmosphere of ritualistic ecstasy. Short catchy compositions like "Dark Spirits" and "Dreamings Ending" alternate with several long and complex pieces.

The follow-up, "If tomorrow I were leaving for Lhasa, I wouldn't stay a minute more...," is far more direct, both in the melodic music and the lyrics, which turn towards external/environmental stimuli. As crystallized by the gorgeous "Dive in Deep" and an incandescent cover of Pink Floyd's "Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun," the theme of hope for the magic and beauty of life in the face of despair remains. Description from Myspace.

Download Dancing To Restore An Eclipsed Moon

Download If Tomorrow I Were Leaving For Lhasa, I Wouldn't Stay A Minute More...


Anonymous said...

Thanks for the Red Temple spirits Lp's.

I just can t seem to get this lp to work though.

"If tomorrow I were leaving for Lhasa, I wouldn't stay a minute more

Anonymous said...

Just got it. Thanks again.

Jarvis said...

Hello, Could I please get a re-up on these? Can't find 'em anywhere and super stoked to spin. Love the Savage Republic work and yr description is enticing... Thanks for all yr hard work!