BlackAngelsIndigoMeadowI always have high expectations for a band that I have decided to underscore as a favorite, or as a band to closely watch.   If you’re going to catch and hold my heavily taxed attention, the music has to be very good.  Austin-based The Black Angels is one with the favorite stamp.  I check them out regularly.  I scan for the possibility of a show nearby.  And I always wait for new music from them.  And after a lot of the so-so reviews of this album popping up, I decided that it was necessary to step in with a deserved defense of it.

The last album from The Black Angels, the excellent Phosphene Dreams (2010) was the band’s third studio effort, standing tall as a brilliant work of music.   From the first album, The Black Angels (who derive their name from a song by Velvet Underground, “The Black Angel’s Death Song”) have delivered a brand of retro-flavored  psychedelic rock like the kind heard in the late ’60s.

But to say that The Black Angels are intent on total replication of old school psychedelic music would be an unfair assessment of their art.  With the new release of their latest album, Indigo Meadow (which can still be streamed widely across the internet courtesy of the band), The Black Angels give us a dynamic album of well written tunes.

Indigo Meadow ably champions the art of the revered Psychedelic Rock genre with lead-off single, “Don’t Play With Guns” (a song that deals with the unfortunate trend of shootings), and twelve other songs.  “Evil Things”, “War on Holiday”, the good title track, and “Broken Soldier” highlight this album that strives to be the best that can be heard of Psychedelic rock in this day and age.  Not only does it capture the essence of the past, it carries it forward to reward us fans of the genre.  They also incorporate mind-bending art of the past era in their cover art.  Indigo Meadow is no exception.

As far as I’m concerned, The Black Angels can do this for decades.  I’ll be there to hear all that I can.

Release Date: April 2, 2013
Label: Blue Horizon Records

Availability: CD, DD, LP

–Matt Rowe

By MARowe

6 thoughts on “Review: Indigo Meadow – The Black Angels”
  1. Thanks for this review Matt. I was on the fence about this one after reading some others. Since you gave it the “Tap Seal Of Approval” and since I liked the last album, I’m in.

    1. I was particularly interested in the RS review of this album. “Texas rockers work up a witchy but forgettable buzz” heads it up. Further, the reviewer says, “it never expands your mind.” It’s a pretty good album from track one. And I still do not get what he intended to say about the album. Ignore the other reviews, listen to free streams, then decide if it needs to be in your library. It’s on replay quite a bit for me.

      1. Yep, the RS review was the one that gave me pause. I liked the last album enough to pull the trigger without listening to any of the songs first. It has already been ordered.

        1. RS! What do they ever know?! With Fricke as lead reviewer, and a stupid Rush in HoF..finally article (Wenner as Janus, the 2-faced bonehead who heads the HoF committee, then makes an RS statement like that), little in RS is good beyond its nostalgic value. Good political stuff (as always), though!

          1. Yeah, I know. The only reason I still get RS is because it doesn’t cost me anything. From a music point of view they do not cater to my demographic. From a political point of view we drift further and further apart each year. Still, there is usually at least one article in each issue that I find interesting. And, like I said, it doesn’t cost me anything.

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