RIYL: records that take you on a journey, tell a story, or invoke imagination.

Label: Asthmatic Kitty Records

This is the most recent installment in the Chris Schlarb odyssey introducing the man himself stepping up to the microphone and delivering fantastic results.  This opens a new chapter in the direction of the band and it seems like the possibilities are endless.

If you like his material here, also check out the first installment of the “Psychic Temple” odyssey here.

The Details

Release date: May 6, 2016.

Deluxe Altar Edition includes 1xLP in gatefold, limited to 500 printings.

Psychic Temple 'III' completes the transition from avant-jazz solo project to a working band constructed around timeless songs that draw upon the rich history of classic American soul, blues, and folk. Equally immersed in the sound of California's canyons and the swamps of the deep South, Psychic Temple's cult leader/guitarist Chris Schlarb steps out of the shadows and up to the microphone for the first time with astonishing results.

Maintaining Psychic Temple's affinity for nuance and delicate minimalism, 'III' exhibits a new directness centered around Schlarb's agile guiding voice. While the album places his unfolding vocal melodies and narratives in the foreground, 'III' subverts easy categorization by sustaining the collaborative, exploratory spirit of 'Psychic Temple' and 'II'.

Culled from sessions recorded at home in Los Angeles and the legendary FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama - 'III' includes contributions and performances from Spooner Oldham (Neil Young, Bob Dylan), David Hood (J.J. Cale, Aretha Franklin), Mike Watt (Minutemen, The Stooges), Avi Buffalo, Nedelle Torrisi (Sufjan Stevens), Elliot Bergman (Wild Belle, NOMO), Dave Easley (Brian Blade Fellowship) and many more. Coming together quickly and intuitively, the album was mixed over three days with Ronan Chris Murphy (King Crimson).

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