The most impactful music reflects a wide-screen view of the world back at us, helping distill the universal into something far more relatable. Since forming in 2004, 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. Today, Austin’s legendary rockers have announced their brand new album Wilderness of Mirrors (Partisan Records) due out September 16. The band will also bring their blistering live show to stages across North America with a slew of dates this month, many supporting Primus, and a headlining fall tour announced today! Tickets go on-sale today, June 8 @ 10amEST.
It has been 5 years since fans have been treated to an album from the Black Angels and Wilderness of Mirrors marks a triumphant return with their foot on the pedal. Political tumult, the pandemic, and the ongoing devastation of the environment have provided ample fodder for their signature sound and fierce lyrical commentary. Narrated by Mother Earth, lead single “El Jardín” is a rib-rattling plea of protection to humans. The new song arrives alongside an official video directed by Vanessa Pla, featuring Austin Amelio (The Walking Dead) and starring his son Lev.
Director Vanessa Pla shares, “Alex came to me with a dystopian sci-fi idea of a future where Mother Nature is dead because we killed her, and the only way to experience her is through virtual reality- an already relatable feeling, as most of the world lives viscerally through social media. Who knows where we will be 100 years from now. This project has been a dream in the making and a massive labor of love and could have only been possible with such a dedicated and talented crew, especially my dear friend and cinematographer Andy Hoffman. For me as a director, it’s an honor to deliver this project on 35mm print and to have been chosen to make something for my favorite band.”
Wilderness of Mirrors expertly refines the Black Angels’ psychedelic rock attack alongside a host of intriguing sounds and textures. Mellotron, strings, and other keyboards are more prominent than ever before. The Black Angels – Alex Maas (vocalist/bassist), Christian Bland (guitarist), Stephanie Bailey (drummer), Jake Garcia (guitarist), Ramiro Verdooren (multi-instrumentalist) – co-produced the record, working closely with Brett Orrison (co-producer) and Dinosaur Jr engineer John Agnello to achieve something fresh and new while retaining their heavily influential classic sound.