The Quiet Temple are set to release their self-titled debut album on Friday, July 5th via Wichita Recordings in North America & Point Of Departure Record Co in Europe/Rest Of The World. This UK based musical collective put together by Rich Machin and Duke Garwood, have recorded six tracks of experimental, psychedelic, ambient noise, jazz-infused soundscapes. Their preview track, ‘The Last Opium Den (On Earth)’, is incredible.

We thought it was about time we found out more about what makes the band tick, so we asked them to pick the three albums that have influenced their music.

David Axelrod – Songs Of Innocence

A friend of mine in America gave me a vinyl copy of this in 1995. It was definitely a life changer. I’d never heard anything like it at that point, it wasn’t classical, it wasn’t jazz, it certainly wasn’t rock. It was just really fucking cool. I was instantly obsessed with it. It’s the perfect record, 7 songs & under 30 minutes. It holds your concentration from that first string screech on ‘Urizen’ right through to the end. 

Possibly the best sonically produced album of all time. Everything sounds amazing. For years in the studio, it’s been my constant hunt for the drum sound from this record. But not just the drums, it’s the guitars, the bass, the strings. Everything is perfect. I’ll never ever tire of listening to this record. A dark & beautiful masterpiece.

Larry Young – Lawrence Of Newark

I’ve gone back to this record, time and time again and I always find it inspiring. It’s really psychedelic. Unusually for a jazz record, really organ driven. It was his first record after his departure from Blue Note & quite a shift in style. In the years between leaving Blue Note and recording this album, he’d played on Miles Bitches Brew & jammed with Hendrix.

Those experiences had clearly influenced where he was going with this session. The groove is ridiculous, almost going into Harmonia or Neu territory at times. It’s just a trip, so easy to just get lost in it.

Aphex Twin – Selected Ambient Works II

Another record that just was a million miles away from anything I’d heard before at the time it came out. Beautiful & minimal. It had so much space to breathe. The tone of all the synths was incredible. At that point, I always thought of synths as nasty & cheap sounding. This was a whole other world. The arrangements are all amazing too. Nothing unnecessary is there.

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