Temporary Pharaohs – Temporary Pharaohs [Self-Released]

This is exactly the type of release you’d expect to find in a backstreet record store: a dated, yet curiously titled band, with a cover that hints at acid-folk ideals. In fact, this is only an intricate molecule of Temporary Pharaohs’ wider soundscapes: the band has retrieved West Coast ideals on a kind of musico-anthropological expedition: ‘Joyful Path’ is littered with carefree, sun-tinged harmonies, while ‘Well Dontcha?’ is a fleeting, paisley-induced trance. Despite its surf-rock flourishes (see ‘Office Buddies’) this is a record locked in splendid isolation.