Australian 5 piece The Trouble With Templeton have crafted an album of emotive vocals with a colourful, self-assured sound.
Debut album Rookie is set for release on May 13th on Bella Union and is stunningly fresh, adventurous, eccentric and beautifully melodic. In my humble opinion, this album is packed with warmth and heart, and will leave a distinct musical impression.
With ultra talented Brisbane singer/songwriter Thomas Calder at the helm, Rookie is bursting with beautiful contrast. But we should come to expect these seamless directional changes from this highly promising young band, as Thomas explains. “The element of surprise is something we all enjoy in music, something we’re always shooting for. You don’t want to know where a song is going from the first two lines.”
The Trouble With Templeton are refreshingly self confidant and not afraid to show it. But their self belief is not just born from youthful exuberance, it’s fuelled by their collective belief in their music, and quite rightly so. “The only prerequisite we had going in was that if we loved the song and we believed in it, then we were going to record it,” says Thomas. And record it they did.
Compiled with a stunningly natural flow, Rookie can be summed up beautifully by what, for me, are the two stand out tracks.
Soldiers will draw you in through it’s deep and melodic intro. It’s the prefect gateway for the deeply haunting yet colourful voice of frontman Calder. The subtle tempo changes complement the flow beautifully whilst the track maintains it’s upbeat tone from start to finish.
The track surprisingly ups the tempo towards the end, and it works fantastically well. And whilst there’s nothing new about Calder’s voice, the formula which he has found makes it impossible to imagine a sound that could be more unique.
Six Months in a Cast highlights that subtle contrast extremely well. Brilliantly high tempo yet packed with that same haunting charm. It’s an upbeat, guitar based track, overflowing with colour (rather unlike the video).
It fades into a brief and dream-like piano melody, letting you believe it’s over, before returning with a vengeance to reanimate and re-captivate.
The album ebbs and flows whilst staying true to is upbeat warmth and charm, making any message quite unimportant and rather pointless to try and decipher. In the words of Thomas Calder himself. “It’s held together by something undefinable.” Well, I couldn’t agree more, and neither will you.
Rookie is one of those records that you can listen to without listening, if you know what I mean. It’s the kind of album that is simply there to be enjoyed. And believe me, enjoy it you will…