The Black Angels – Directions To See A Ghost

April 28, 2008

Superior psychedelic rock from Austin, TX based band The Black Angels: Directions To See A Ghost is their second full length release, and stylistically they fall somewhere between the heavy sound of fellow travelers Black Mountain and Black Rebel Motorcycle Club’s first album, though stopping just shy of full on retro take on the genre found on the Black Hollies’ latest, Casting Shadows. (What’s the significance of all these bands with similar sounds with the word “black” in their name? To quote Pee Wee Herman, “I don’t know!”) All comparisons aside, the Black Angels have carved out their own niche in an increasingly crowded field, laying on the guitars, thundering drums and bass, organs, sitars and tambourines in an often droning, slightly menacing mix. Though they’re not afraid of long tracks, as the 8 minute “Never/Ever” and the 16 minute album closer “Snakes In The Grass” will attest, the 11 tracks nevertheless go by quickly, much faster than you’d think an epic 72 minute running time would go by. It’s easy to get caught up in Directions To See A Ghost, and though it’s an often pretty dark trip, it’s one worth taking, courtesy of one of the rising stars in the neo-psychedelic rock field. Standout cuts: “You On The Run,” “Science Killer,” “Never/Ever” and “You In Color.”

(Available now digitally, and on CD on May 13.)


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