The Black Angels lifted their name from the Velvet Underground cut "The Black Angels Death Song" – their sound: stirring up the late 60s with threatening bolts of bleeding reverb and bone-chilling psychedelic tidal waves, sturdy as the hangman's rope.
With two albums under their belts, Passover and Directions to See a Ghost, the Austin-based quintet signed to the iconic and recently re-launched Blue Horizon Records, setting free their highly anticipated Phosphene Dream. Produced by Dave Sardy, this set finds the band pushing and expanding, further into a new direction: Less doom, tighter reverb drenched drone-spun rock and added heavy handed pop sensibilities.
The biggest eye-opener comes nine songs in with the album’s zippy second single, “Telephone.” The band deep-sixes the drone, pops the clutch and hightails it with a take charge rave-up – a darting retro nod that unpacks overjoyed surges of frisky go-go organ and gusty six-string jangle, in under two minutes.
Phosphene Dream is out now on Blue Horizon Records
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