CD reviews: Julian Temple Band

This Dunedin quartet might be headed by a singing, surfing Californian, yet forget any exercise in cruisy, background grooves, a la the territory of Jack Johnson and Donavan Frankenreiter.

Ceiling In the Sky has light (Cayucos), darkness (Ceiling In The Sky), various shades of grey (Rain) and more than enough chaos (courtesy of wild violin and an inventive rhythmic unit) as the Julian Temple Band conjures a spirit somewhere between the Red Hot Chili Peppers and a gypsy caravan which, having started off jamming America songs, ended up lost in a desert, found some cactus juice and jumped on another horse entirely.

 Julian Temple Band. Ceiling In the Sky. Independent.  

Four stars (out of five) 

Single download: Rain
For those who like: Turin Brakes, The Avette Brothers

- Shane Gilchrist

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