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The Black Angels

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Named with a nod towards the Velvet Underground, but probably closer in spirit to fellow Texans the 13th Floor Elevators — whose psychedelic rock made a lasting impression at the back end of the '60s — the Black Angels have created their own self-dubbed brand of "hypno-drone 'n' roll". While their sources are easily recognised, they've set the whole package alight and hurled it flaming into the 21st Century. So, we get the Doors-style hypnosis and Nixon-era imagery of debut album tracks like "Black Grease" and "The First Vietnamese War", and the roiling-but-hooky menace of "You On the Run" from 2008's follow-up Directions to See a Ghost. And with third album, 2010's excellent and tighter-than-ever Phosphene Dream, the band achieves an impressive synthesis of drone, precision and melody: break on through to the other side with the title track, and shake your bones to the garage-based grooviness of "Telephone". This stuff is dangerous . . . and genuinely thrilling.
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