Haunting at 1300 McKinley
Label: Blue Horizon
As with their previous two albums, Phosphene Dream finds The Black Angels navigating the void between garage-psych revivalism and modern space-rock. Organ-laced brain throbbers like "Bad Vibrations" and "Entrance Song" make it clear the Austin outfit is acutely aware of their Texan forefathers The 13th Floor Elevators and The Red Krayola. Yet they never go all-out retro (which is refreshing). And while they're more song-oriented than, say, Psychic Ills, The Black Angels unleash a shuddering intensity that very much mirrors the world's current psychology, a dreadful mix of panic and weariness.