No one could ever accuse the Black Angels of shying away from their influences.
Over the course of their nine-year career, these stoner rock scions have incorporated everything from Jimmy Page’s electrified blues riffs to Ray Manzarek’s introspective vamp into their own unsettling take on the bad-trip brood of late-sixties psychedelia. Their last two albums presented slight variations on the theme, as 2008’s Directions To See A Ghost was lacquered with the hallucinatory drone of the Velvet Underground while 2010’s Phosphene Dream featured more tightened-up compositions that hedged towards the acid-fried garage styling of fellow Austin freakniks like the Moving Sidewalks and the 13th Floor Elevators.
Blue Horizon recording group The Black Angels have announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated new album. Indigo Meadow will arrive in UK stores and online on April 1st.
It’s difficult to describe psychedelic rock without also discussing psychedelic drugs. Most psych-heavy bands will tell you that the music is what’s most important, and that the subsequent effects of inhaling or ingesting certain substances merely provide a boost to the listening experience. That may be true, but it’s pretty clear that both fans and artists of this particular genre benefit a little more than others from the consuming of said substances.
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