The Black Angels - Indigo Meadow
Austin band The Black Angels return with their third album Always Indigo, and as with its predecessors it is steeped in 60s inspired psychedelia. "Making love on summer days / Making love feels good to me" sings Alex Mass in his wonderful spacey voice in the title track. The gloriously dizzy 'Don't Play With Guns' with its subversive sing-along chorus is wicked fun, while the slow-burning 'Holland' and beautiful 'Love Me Forever' balance out the album's dynamics nicely.
Rockers like 'War On Holiday' and 'You're Mine' are fine in their own way but lack the chilling brilliance that made their last effort Phosphene Dream such a triumph. 'Always Maybe' and 'Broken Soldier' are a bit pastiche (though albeit good ones) and you just feel that a cool band like this could have more up their sleeves than mere imitation. 'You're Mine' and and the sinister 'Black Isn't Black' end the album on a high note and you imagine that these songs will really come alive on stage. Yet for all that, Always Indigo is still a smartly crafted album and well worth a listen.