The BLACK ANGELS – ” Wilderness of Mirrors “

Posted: July 3, 2022 in MUSIC

Psych rock legends The Black Angels are poised to make a triumphant return with their second album for Partisan Records and first in five years, “Wilderness of Mirrors!” Clocking in at 15 tracks, the new album shows off many excellent sides of the band, both refined over time and developed in the last few years. “Wilderness of Mirrors” will be out on 16th September.

The best music reflects a wide-screen view of the world back at us, helping distill the universal into something far more personal. Since forming in Austin in 2004, The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock that does exactly that, which is one of many reasons why the group’s new album, “Wilderness of Mirrors”, feels so aptly named. In the five years since the band’s prior album, “Death Song”, and the two-plus years spent working on “Wilderness of Mirrors”, pandemics, political tumult and the ongoing devastation of the environment have provided ample fodder for The Black Angels’ signature sonic approach.

“Wilderness of Mirrors” expertly refines the Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures. There are classic blasts of fuzzed-out guitars meant to simultaneously perk up the ears and jumpstart the mind, alongside melancholy, acoustic guitar-driven newfound experiments. Mellotron, strings, and other keyboards also play a more prominent role on “Wilderness of Mirrors” than ever before.

The lead track from “Wilderness Of Mirrors” – out on September 16th – has been directed by Vanessa Pia, who says:

Alex came to me with a dystopian sci-fi idea of a future where Mother Nature is dead because we killed her, and the only way to experience her is through virtual reality- an already relatable feeling, as most of the world lives viscerally through social media.” “Who knows where we will be 100 years from now. This project has been a dream in the making and a massive labour of love and could have only been possible with such a dedicated and talented crew, especially my dear friend and cinematographer Andy Hoffman.”

“For me as a director, it’s an honour to deliver this project on 35mm print and to have been chosen to make something for my favourite band.”

Even amidst these new experimentations, The Black Angels remain masterfully true to psych-rock forebears such as Syd Barrett, Roky Erickson, Arthur Lee and the members of the Velvet Underground, all of whom are namechecked on album highlight “The River.” “The Velvet Underground song ‘I’ll Be Your Mirror’ – that’s what every Black Angels album has been about,” says vocalist/bassist Alex Maas. “You can’t work out your struggles unless you bring them to the forefront and think about them. If we can all think about them, maybe we can help save ourselves.”

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