Austin band The Black Angels recently released the fourth studio album Indigo Meadow to the delight of a growing legion of fans of their honest psychedelic rock sound. The members of the group, which was named after Velvet Underground’s song “The Black Angel’s Death Song,” are voracious listeners and fans of other artists. They have been cool enough to reveal some personal favorites in this exclusive playlist, which includes artists like Ty Segall, Deerhunter, Silver Apples, and even legendary throat singers Huun-Huur-Tu. Alex Maas, Christian Bland, and Kyle Hunt also share some thoughts about the wide array of tunes in the Playlist Notes below.
Silver Apples - "Oscillations” and “I Have Known Love”
Way to create something that is 100 years before your time. Way to go. Yes, I’m kind of jealous...
Huun-huur Tu - "Taraan-Taraam"
A taste of Mongolia. Great groove, beautiful melodies. I want them to play for me in my home or at Austin Psych Fest 7.
Tricky - "Christiansands"
Dark, honest, brooding, amazing in depth sonically. It’s Tricky's Mona Lisa.
Juan Trip - "Acid Cat"
Put this on when you get home with your partner. The rest is history.
Billy Nicholls - “Feeling Easy”
Lost album from 1968’s Would You Believe — a good tune to listen to after a hard day’s work is behind you.
Holy Wave - “Golden Truth”
Latest release on The Reverberation Appreciation Society. A new band from Austin, Texas with hints of Crystal Stilts and early Pink Floyd.
Clinic - “See Saw”
Off their 2012 album Free Reign. These guys have been a big influence on the Black Angels’ sound since the beginning.
Deerhunter - "Revival" and "Coronado"
I have been digging the Dearhunter album Halcyon Digest lately. They are playing Psych fest this year. I love the instrumentation, pianos, acoustics, sax, and synth bass all working well together, sometimes sounding lo-fi and gritty as well as lush and vibrant — reminiscent of Pet Sounds. Just good songs!