Roy Montgomery ‎– Temple IV

Kranky ‎– KRANK 009
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Recorded on a Tascam Porta One 4-track cassette recorder at 13th St., New York City, between January 15 and January 22, 1995, using a Teisco six-string guitar, microreverb, Digitech time machine, Rat distortion box and Boss digital delay pedal. Mixed to ADAT at Loose Booty Studio, Chicago on March 10, 1995. Monophonic Moog synthesizer was overdubbed on some pieces at this point.

This album is inspired by a visit to the Tikal in the Northern Guatemalan rain forest.

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  • Mastering SID Code: L833
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI6100
  • Matrix / Runout: 9902 H35 FAILSAFE A70412-11


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August 10, 2018
My Roy fave, master(bliss)ful absolute pinnacle of personal poignancy.


September 2, 2017
edited about 1 year ago

If you're reading Mr Kranky, a vinyl release would be nice.


July 23, 2015

Dedicated to a woman named Joanna and inspired by a night spent on top of an ancient Mayan temple in the Guatamalan rainforest, Temple IV represents Montgomery's attempt to come to terms with her death. Temple IV is often otherworldly, deeply personal and at times intensely emotional, despite being completely instrumental.

"She waits on Temple IV" opens the album and begins the spiritual journey with Montgomery's melancholy, eastern-tinged guitar solo weaving in and out of a lazily strummed chord progression for 12 minutes. Catharsis comes with "Departing the Body" and "Jaguar Meets Snake," which depict beautiful memories crashing into the sense of anger and hopelessness at the loss with searing distortion and drunken slide guitar. The 14-minute "Above the Canopy" reprises the droning meditation of the opening track, while the short "Jaguar Unseen" portrays healing and acceptance.

Temple IV was recorded on home equipment with just an electric guitar and some effects pedals. The tasteful smattering of Moog synth that was dubbed in later only adds a little garnish. That such a work of transcendence could be created with amateur equipment is a monument to Montgomery's standing as a true artist.