After what feels like an eternity trying to put words to why you
should come out to see Chris Schlarb's latest evolutionary leap unfold at this in-store, I have decided instead to preface the label copy by saying that Chris is much more fun than he may appear in the below paragraph. He's also a Long Beach artist who, over the years, has challenged us, educated us, and more than anything impressed us with his ability to combine high-minded concepts with a punk ethos, jazz chops, and his ability to make serious art fun and accessible.
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. 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.
Samples abound on Chris' souncloud page, https://soundcloud.com/asthmatickitty/psychic-temple-when-i-know-album-version
but pay special attention to the songs from III, as that's the latest.
"A skewed hybrid of American pop and country touchstones... wistful Laurel Canyon vocal harmonies... gorgeously cascading acoustic guitars. Decades of influences untethered and drifting gently into new configurations." - The Wire
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