Austin’s psych-rock legends The Black Angels have already earned acclaim for their brand new album Wilderness of Mirrors due out September 16 via Partisan Records. Now they reveal the album opener “Without A Trace”, a classic blast of fuzzed-out guitars that chews on the question “Is it still possible to be invincible when everyone else is expendable?” The band shares, “We have always said that if you can rob a bank to our music then we are in the right ballpark. And while we don’t condone robbing a bank – the idea alone creates an anticipatable, adrenaline inducing soundtrack for your mind.” The new song follows acclaimed lead single/video “El Jardín,” which features Austin Amelio from The Walking Dead and stars his son Lev, and experimental single “Firefly”, a ‘60s French pop homage which features Thievery Corporation’s LouLou Ghelichkani.
The most impactful music reflects a wide-screen view of the world back at us, helping distill the universal into something far more relatable. The Black Angels have become standard-bearers for modern psych-rock that does exactly that, which is one of many reasons why the group’s new album feels so aptly named. It has been 5 years since fans have been treated to an album from the band and Wilderness of Mirrors marks a triumphant return with their foot on the pedal. The new collection expertly refines the Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures while political tumult, the pandemic, and the ongoing devastation of the environment have provided ample fodder for their signature sound and fierce lyrical commentary.
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