Philadelphia’s Heavy Temple — at long last — makes their triumphant full-length debut this year. After a number of EPs and split since their inception in 2012, Lupi Amoris signals the band’s soaring next steps. If their future is anything like their newest single, “A Desert Through the Trees,” the sky isn’t even the limit for what’s to come.
The five-and-a-half-minute offering fleshes out a heavy mass of psychedelic doom. It is loaded with classic rock and psych swagger and at the helm of it is the powerful voice (and low end) of High Priestess Nighthawk. The band’s sole original member seems to lift the song — and all of Heavy Temple‘s music — into the stratosphere. The track unfurls and ultimately finds an exclamation point in its final minute concluding with a dizzying solo that builds towards a momentous crescendo.
In a statement to Decibel, High Priestess Nighthawk stated, “Lyrically, this song expresses the desire to find something, or for something to find you. The desert, specifically Joshua Tree, is probably one of my favorite natural environments on the planet, and given the vibe of the song, the title seemed apt.”
Watch the video of “A Desert Through the Trees” (directed by Culp Creative’s Ricky Culp of Ecstatic Vision) below and pre-order Lupi Amoris ahead of its release on June 18 through Magnetic Eye Records.