Their new album Wilderness of Mirrors will be released on September 16 with Partisan Records. The band has revealed the experimental single “Firefly”, a homage to 1960s French pop sung by Thievery Corporation’s LouLou Ghelichkani in French and English. It follows the acclaimed lead single and video “El Jard*n,” which features Austin Amelio from The Walking Dead and stars his son.
Music that helps distill the universal into something more relatable reflects a wide-screen view of the world back at us. One of the many reasons why the Black Angels’ new album is so aptly titled is that they have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock that does just that. After 5 years without an album, Wilderness of Mirrors marks the band’s triumphant return. While political tumult, the pandemic, and the ongoing destruction of the environment have provided ample fodder for their signature sound and fierce lyrical commentary, the new collection expertly refines the Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack.
In 2004, the Black Angels formed in Austin, Texas and have remained true to psych-rock forefathers including Syd Barrett, Roky Erickson, Arthur Lee, and the Velvet Underground, all of whom are mentioned on “The River.” The band’s global influence has been cemented by their beloved Levitation Festival, the veritable ground zero for the genre’s past, present, and future.
The use of melotron, strings, and other keyboards has increased significantly in recent years. As co-producers, Alex Maas (vocalist/bassist), Christian Bland (guitarist), Stephanie Bailey (drummer), Jake Garcia (guitarist), Ramiro Verdooren (multi-instrumentalist) worked closely with Brett Orrison (co-producer) and Dinosaur Jr engineer John Agnello to achieve something fresh and new while maintaining their heavily influential classic sound. On August 20, Psycho Las Vegas will kick off the band’s headlining fall tour, which follows a string of dates supporting Primus.