Four is the new album to the band Temple Of Switches from USA. This album continues our alchemy of rock, jazz and classical influence with blistering organ and guitar, odd harmonics and heavy drumming.
Riding on an avalanche of musical ideas these songs came together rather quickly. The music is played with sarcasm and intensity, then passing through dark and melancholy, into the ethereal and back into the light. A musical journey of sorts.
Features the beautiful and talented Amanda Lehmann (Innocence and Illusion, and Steve Hackett’s band) singing The Wind. And Akuda singing Human Zoo
«The two mainstays throughout are sections with an often subtle but distinct jazz flavoring applied to them, sometimes from bass and drums, on other occasions by way of the keyboards, and here and there we are treated to almost purebred jazz-oriented music too. The other red thread throughout, albeit perhaps on a slightly lesser note, are quirky, subtly atonal instrument details» Progmessor 5/2021.
Nickie Harte Kelly says, «Continuing on in his tradition of exploring progressive rock, jazz and classical music, Tenk Van Dool is truly hitting his stride with this new release. This excursion is also thoughtful and moody, laced with irony and sarcasm at times, and hard-hitting too, with plenty of percussion for those who like their drums complex. Tenk’s inventive and imaginative guitars are the centerpiece throughout, which really is showcased on the longest track here. Favorite track: the Unfurling».
Tenk Van Dool has written the following band description:
Since our inception in 2012, Temple of Switches has been knocking down the boundaries of who we are musically.
Each release has been a foray into new territory.
To sum up our sound, it is dark, contemplative, dissonant, melancholy, heavy, sarcastic, and unrestrained. We strive to make our studio recordings edgy and each release stretches further into darker corners of the musical landscape. It is for the most part meant to please the smaller audience that has become tired of the banal and cliche.
The music does not easily fit into any category, but the common thread that runs through all Temple compositions is the subtle use of jazz and classical influence, and particularly the use of odd harmonics, polychords and dissonant piano chords. Lead solos are constructed and composed rather than using scales.
The primary focus of the music is on instrumental pieces, and the texture and color of the sounds, and how the sounds and notes work together across the instruments, much like painting a picture.
The compositions that do have lyrics are most often abstract, and usually employ sarcasm and lament.
Since 2016 Temple of Switches has been a studio band and the music is primarily written and produced by me, Tenk Van Dool, with an occasional collaboration.
Starting with the album Helium Parade, The musicians on these releases have been on a revolving door of sorts, some of the original band members have stepped in and out, and respected musicians from outside the band have been employed as well.
In 2020 Drummer David White took the drum throne for the Wings Of Mind album which won us featured artist of the month on Progrock.com, and as of this writing we are working on our fourth release, which was out in Feb. 2022.
1. Welcome (3:20)
2. Your Fly Is Down (3:36)
3. The Wind (4:53)
4. Pareidolia (4:37)
5. Dale’s Neglected Song (3:26)
6. Human Zoo (6:00)
7. Llamada A San Cristobal (Chepo’s Song) [album version] (3:26)
8. The Unfurling (10:17)
9. Freeway (4:40)
10. Go Champion (3:33)
11. Lemongrass And Thyme (4:57)
Total Time 52:45
Tenk Van Dool: bass, guitar, keyboards, vocals
David White: drums and percussion
Amanda Lehmann (Steve Hackett): vocals (3)
Dale Wiser: bass (5)
Akuda: vocals (6)
Jim Chavez: vocals (8)