Phosphene Dream The Black Angels
The Black Angels are one of the most prominent psych-rock bands out there, creating acid-drenched riffs baked in reverb and heavy vibrato. Athough the formula remains similar on their third LP, Phosphene Dream, there are certain variations which help evolve the Angels’ sound. Songs such as “Telephone” or “River of Blood” have a more retro feel, reminiscent of 1960’s garage rock, and more upbeat than their slow, head-bopping standards. Despite the experimentation the album is mostly comprised of their dark, rhythmic drones, with tracks like “Entrance Song” emphasizing their own sound.
Halcyon Digest Deerhunter
Band of Joy Robert Plant
Pop Negro El Guincho
El Guincho is Pablo Diaz-Reixa, the mastermind behind a new type of tropicalia and electronica music coming out of Spain that he’s been making since his 2007 debut, Alegranza. This time around, however, Diaz-Reixa abandons the loop pedal for more pop-structured songs. The sound of Pop Negro is sun-drenched, much like his previous releases. “Bombay” the first song, is probably the most accessible, catching your ear’s attention with the steel drums and echoing guitar chords. His psychedelic side is also highlighted later in the album, in songs such as “(Chica-Oh) Drims” and “Ghetto Facil.” Unfortunately for listeners here in the states, summer is on its way out; El Guincho, however, offers us some consolation.
Compsponsible Various Artists
Compsponsible is a compilation record showcasing some of New Paltz and the surrounding areas’ finest local bands, comprised of DIY label Responsible Records. And in complete DIY fashion, they are giving the thing away for free. The compilation was created in tribute to ResponsibleFest, a two day festival created by the label, which took place the weekend of Sept. 18. Based on this album, the artists in New Paltz and the surrounding area definitely have creative flexibility, spanning genres such as math rock, psych-folk, ambient and other genres which are hard to classify. Big props to the Responsible Records kids who are leading the way for our students’ creative outlets.