This album is so pleasurable, I'm afraid I might go blind if I listen to it too much. The Psychic Temple morphs from avant garde jazz beast into a bloom of Americana/folk/indie-pop-prog scalawaggery.
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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 centered around Schlarb's agile guiding voice. While the album places his unfolding vocal melodies and narratives in the foreground, 'III' subverts easy categorization by sustaining the collaborative, exploratory spirit of 'Psychic Temple' and 'II'.
Culled from sessions recorded at home in Los Angeles and the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama - 'III' includes contributions and performances from Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Bob Dylan), David Hood (J.J. Cale, Aretha Franklin), Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Avi Buffalo, Nedelle Torrisi (Sufjan Stevens), Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle, NOMO), Dave Easley (Brian Blade Fellowship) and many more. Coming together quickly and intuitively, the album was mixed over three days with Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson).
released May 6, 2016
Tabor Allen - acoustic drums
Elliot Bergman - baritone saxophone
Ted Byrnes - acoustic drums, percussion
Dave Easley - pedal steel guitar
Philip Glenn - mandolin, violin, electric pianos
David Hood - electric bass
Liz Janes - backing vocals
Steuart Liebig - electric bass
Frank Maston - backing vocals
Spooner Oldham - Hammond organ
Sheridan Riley - acoustic drums
Aaron Roche - acoustic & electric guitars
Chris Schlarb - acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, vocals
Anthony Shadduck - double bass
Kris Tiner - trumpet
Nedelle Torrisi - vocals
Jeremy Trezona - tenor saxophone
Mike Watt - electric bass
Avi Zahner-Isenberg - acoustic guitar
Composed, Arranged, Engineered, and Produced by Chris Schlarb at BIG EGO, Long Beach, CA.
Mixed by Ronan Chris Murphy and Chris Schlarb at BIG EGO, Long Beach, CA.