Sun Structures is the debut studio album by English psychedelic rock band Temples. It was released on 5 February 2014 by Heavenly Recordings. The building shown on the album cover is the Rushton Triangular Lodge near Rushton, Northamptonshire. The song "Keep in the Dark" is played over the closing credits to the 2015 thriller film The Gift.

Sun Structures
Temples - Sun Structures.png
Studio album by
Released5 February 2014 (2014-02-05)
Studio
Genre
Length52:48
LabelHeavenly, Fat Possum
ProducerJames Bagshaw
Temples chronology
Sun Structures
(2014)
Volcano
(2017)
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
SourceRating
AnyDecentMusic?7.0/10[3]
Metacritic72/100[4]
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Exclaim!9/10[5]
Financial Times4/5 stars[6]
The Guardian3/5 stars[7]
The Independent3/5 stars[8]
NME8/10[9]
Pitchfork5.5/10[10]
Q3/5 stars[11]
Rolling Stone3/5 stars[12]
Uncut8/10[13]

SinglesEdit

"Shelter Song" was sent to US modern rock radio by Fat Possum Records on 15 April 2014.[14]

Track listingEdit

No.TitleLyricsLength
1."Shelter Song"James Bagshaw3:10
2."Sun Structures"Thomas Walmsley5:12
3."The Golden Throne"Bagshaw4:10
4."Keep in the Dark"Walmsley4:36
5."Mesmerise"Bagshaw3:42
6."Move with the Season"
  • Bagshaw
  • Walmsley
5:10
7."Colours to Life"
  • Bagshaw
  • Walmsley
5:11
8."A Question Isn't Answered"
  • Bagshaw
  • Walmsley
5:11
9."The Guesser"Bagshaw4:06
10."Test of Time"Bagshaw3:53
11."Sand Dance"Walmsley6:31
12."Fragment's Light"
  • Bagshaw
  • Walmsley
1:57
Total length:52:48

PersonnelEdit

Credits adapted from the liner notes of Sun Structures.[17]

Temples

  • James Bagshaw – lead vocals, lead guitar, production (all tracks); mixing ("Shelter Song", "Fragment's Light")
  • Thomas Walmsley – bass, backing vocals

Additional personnel

  • Cerne Canning – management
  • Thomas Caslin – design, layout
  • Zoë Maxwell – artwork, photography
  • Claudius Mittendorfer – mixing (all except "Shelter Song" and "Fragment's Light")
  • James Sandom – management
  • Abbie Stephens – artwork, photography
  • Noel Summerville – mastering

ChartsEdit

Chart (2014) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[18] 55
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[19] 69
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[20] 80
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[21] 58
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[22] 36
French Albums (SNEP)[23] 66
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[24] 47
Irish Albums (IRMA)[25] 69
Irish Independent Albums (IRMA)[26] 10
Scottish Albums (OCC)[27] 17
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[28] 24
UK Albums (OCC)[29] 7
UK Independent Albums (OCC)[30] 2
US Billboard 200[31] 163
US Independent Albums (Billboard)[32] 31
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[33] 44

Release historyEdit

Region Date Label Ref.
Japan 5 February 2014 Hostess [15]
Australia 7 February 2014 [PIAS] Australia [34]
Ireland Heavenly [35]
United Kingdom 10 February 2014 [36]
France [PIAS] Cooperative [37]
United States 11 February 2014 Fat Possum [38]
Germany 14 February 2014 [PIAS] Cooperative [39]

ReferencesEdit

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