(Photo Credit: Owen Ela)
Austin psych rock outfit the Black Angels are back with a new album Death Song, slated for an April 21st release via Partisan Records. With their 5th LP, the Black Angels are finally fulfilling their namesake, the Velvet Underground track “The Black Angel’s Death Song.”
Death Song will be the five-piece’s first LP in four years since 2013’s Indigo Meadow, and their first release since 2014’s Clear Lake Forest EP. To promote the album announcement, album opener and lead single “Currency” was released alongside a music video, which is currently available on NPR Music’s All Songs Considered, who called the track a “dark and gritty new cut about greed and corruption,” perhaps in reference to Trump era America.
Written and recorded mostly throughout last year’s toxic election cycle, the music on Death Song seems to serve as part protest, part catharsis in an America undergoing some heavy political atmosphere. “Currency” discusses the extent to which money has control over our lives.
Recorded between Seattle and Austin, Death Song features production from Phil Ek (Father John Misty, Fleet Foxes, The Shins). The 11-track album offers a sharply honed elaboration on their signature sound – menacing fuzz guitar and cutting wordplay, steeped in a murky hallucinatory dream.
The Black Angels will be touring extensively behind Death Song, including a headline set at one of the first-ever shows at new New York City venue Brooklyn Steel on May 2nd, supported by NYC noise rockers A Place to Bury Strangers.
Death Song Tracklist
02. I’d Kill For Her
03. Half Believing
04. Comanche Moon
05. Hunt Me Down
06. Grab As Much (As You Can)
08. I Dreamt
10. Death March
11. Life Song