I’ve been listening to Austin psych-rockers The Black Angels quite a lot lately, on my commutes to work in this frigid weather here in Toronto. And on one of those mornings, I wondered when we’d be able to hear new music from the band. The next day, I got this press release, announcing that the Blue Horizon recording group will be putting out the bands’ latest effort Indigo Meadow (in stores and online on April 2). Great timing.
The Black Angels‘ most revelatory collection thus far, Indigo Meadow marks groups’ fourth full-length release, following 2010’s acclaimed Phosphene Dream. Playing now as a four-piece, and supported behind the board by producer/mixer John Congleton (David Byrne & St. Vincent, Explosions In The Sky, Clinic), the band have brought new focus to their wide-ranging songcraft. Expect the righteous riffs and dogmatic drones fuelling a more expansive emotional terrain and a “full-throttle commitment to the psychedelic ethos of creativity, community and boundless experimentation”.
Take a listen to the high-powered “Don’t Play With Guns” (below), penned just days before last year’s mass shooting in Aurora, Colorado.