October 2006 - Maps Magazine
This is a pop, post- rock and bleak-country mixed bag of both ear soothing and ear shattering music. Opener “Sparkle” is an album highlight with its unmistakeable aura of darkness, mourning and high-strung heartache. Here, ‘sparkle’ refers to that last glimmer as a fading ray of light pierces the gloom and leaves traces on your eyelids. It’s a blade glint, a flash of sun death over malignant water, cold intent in your loved one’s eyes. Other tracks are also soundscaping ear fillers, expanded by effects laden guitar fuzz and electro (sometimes whale-like) sounds, and baselined by the quiet- seeming but forceful vocals of both Pascal Hallibert and Gloribel Hernŕndez. Hernandez reveals her real vocal power in mid album track “Sal”. She sings in Spanish and her philosophically tinged lyrics are revealed as she breathes and releases all the salt words she maintains are dissolving into the sea. Alarmed siren strings, chiming percussion, scattered whispering voices and country slide guitar sweep together to form beautifully discordant and crashing cacophonies, which reveal a perfect sense that is central to the chaos. The soothing interludes between album sections are a gorgeous way to de-stress in an almost Twin Peaks-esque virtual and aural environment, filled with chirping TV voices and coiled, lounging guitar and bass. Templo Diez are a band that let you lie in a beautiful, musical wash after being drawn over scuffing breakers and out into the swell.