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Blue Horizon recording group The Black Angels have announced the upcoming release of their eagerly anticipated new album. Indigo Meadow will arrive in stores and online on April 2nd.

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  • Audio CD (September 14, 2010)
  • Original Release Date: 2010
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Blue Horizon Ventures
  • ASIN: B003WHL9FS
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #59,963 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Bad Vibrations
2. Haunting at 1300 McKinley
3. Yellow Elevator #2
4. Sunday Afternoon
5. River of Blood
6. Entrance Song
7. Phosphene Dream
8. True Believers
9. Telephone
10. The Sniper

Editorial Reviews

Product Description

The Black Angels third album, and first release on Blue Horizon, is the highly anticipated Phosphene Dream, which is set to come out on September 14th. Phosphene Dream marks a giant leap forward for the band. Produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Band of Horses, Black Mountain) over a period of six months in Los Angeles, the album shows off a bold new direction for The Black Angels both sonically and musically, a fresh take on the neo-Psychedelic movement they've been at the forefront of for years.

The Black Angels recently received their highest profile look when they were featured on the UNKLE song With You In My Head, which is played during the most pivotal scene in the
hugely popular film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The song is also featured on the film's recently
released soundtrack.

While past albums Passover and Directions to See a Ghost were recorded in the band's hometown of Austin, Texas, the process by which Phosphene Dream was created pulled the band out of their comfort zone and forced them to look at songwriting and recording in a way they never had before. Years of non-stop worldwide touring have turned The Black Angels into a tightly wound unit, and those years of work are all on showcase here. The band plans to celebrate the release with more years of touring, starting at the end of August where they will be playing the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, Rock en Seine in Paris, and the highly coveted Jim Jarmusch curated stage at All Tomorrow's Parties in NYC.

Seymour Stein, music business legend and founder of Sire Records commented, Great musicianship and performers, mesmerizing vocals, and songs that penetrate the subconscious.
That's the best way to describe Black Angels, our first signing to Blue Horizon records. In every way the band is perfect choice to re-launch to this iconic label.

His partner, the legendary producer/songwriter Richard Gottehrer (Go Gos, Blondie, Marhsall Crenshaw, Richard Hell & The Voidoids, etc.) added, Everyone was so receptive when we announced we were bringing
Blue Horizon back. We hope they share in our excitement for the great things we have in store in modernizing this label to serve as a source of music from emerging artists across genres.

Review

The Black Angels third album, and first release on Blue Horizon, is the highly anticipated
Phosphene Dream, which is set to come out on September 14th. Phosphene Dream marks a
giant leap forward for the band. Produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother,
Band of Horses, Black Mountain) over a period of six months in Los Angeles, the album shows
off a bold new direction for The Black Angels both sonically and musically, a fresh take on the
neo-Psychedelic movement they've been at the forefront of for years.

The Black Angels recently received their highest profile look when they were featured on
the UNKLE song With You In My Head, which is played during the most pivotal scene in the
hugely popular film, The Twilight Saga: Eclipse. The song is also featured on the film's recently
released soundtrack.

While past albums Passover and Directions to See a Ghost were recorded in the band's
hometown of Austin, Texas, the process by which Phosphene Dream was created pulled the
band out of their comfort zone and forced them to look at songwriting and recording in a way
they never had before. Years of non-stop worldwide touring have turned The Black Angels
into a tightly wound unit, and those years of work are all on showcase here. The band plans
to celebrate the release with more years of touring, starting at the end of August
where they will be playing the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, Rock en Seine in Paris, and the highly coveted Jim Jarmusch curated stage at All Tomorrow's Parties in NYC.

Seymour Stein, music business legend and founder of Sire Records commented,
Great musicianship and performers, mesmerizing vocals, and songs that penetrate the subconscious. That's the best way to describe Black Angels, our first signing to Blue Horizon records. In every way the band is perfect choice to re-launch to this iconic label.

His partner, the legendary producer/songwriter Richard Gottehrer (Go Gos, Blondie, Marhsall Crenshaw,
Richard Hell & The Voidoids, etc.) added, Everyone was so receptive when we announced we were bringing Blue Horizon back. We hope they share in our excitement for the great things we have in store in modernizing this label to serve as a source of music from emerging artists across genres. --Filtermagazine.com, 7/23/2010

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These songs tend to take on differnt varations and change tempos throughout the album.
The Dude
Time will tell if the infatuation will continue - but whatever they're doing, they seem to be doing it right, so here's to many more years of enjoying their music.
Abby Normal
Very psychedelic, 60's stoner rock, but what seperates this from most garage rock is that these guys are very tight and Phosphene Dream is nicely produced.
Stephen Cabral

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Kevin D. Moritz on September 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
The third album from the Black Angels finds them at the beginnings of a new direction that might alienate fans of their first two albums Passover and Directions To See A Ghost. While Phosphene Dream has a lot of the signature "doom and drone" sound that made this band so refreshing and mind blowing in the underground Psychedelic Revival rock scene, we now see them embracing a new lighter, almost happier tone on some of the songs on the new album. This actually works very well. In fact, it kind of gives the band a sorely needed 60's garage rock energetic feel at times. Some people would complain that the band has sacrificed their political edge for a sappier almost dream like love poem; but I disagree. Their is still a political slant on the new album, its just not as in your face as their first album Passover was. Furthermore, don't forget that the band has touched on feelings of affection before, like "Doves" and "Bloodhounds on my trail" (which is actually a kind of anti-love song). The first time fans listen to this album, they will probably have a hard time adjusting to the new direction of the band. However, after a couple of listens, they will discover that the band has not changed that much and they will probably end up liking the new element that was brought forth for this album when the band experimented with expanding their sound in other revival rock directions. Hopefully, this experimentation from the band will see even more blossoming on their next highly anticipated album(s).
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Simon Mordue on September 14, 2010
Format: Audio CD
I have really been enamored with the Black Angels for quite some time.

I have been waiting eagerly for their third effort. What I did not know was that they had decided to hit the studio with David Sardy Producing (Oasis, Black Mountain and Wolf Mother). After reading that I already anticipated something a little more subdued. God knows! Anyone who works as an artist, hopes that one day their art will become what they do as a profession and allow them to find some stability of sorts. Once connected to a big name Producer, Joe Public sits up and pays attention.

Granted these guys have oodles of talent and have honed their influences over the last two albums into a cleaner tighter sounding endeavor.

The end result is the return of Kula Shaker. This is neither a good or bad thing. It just simply is. Their heavy Doors/Elevators influences still linger but due to the fact that their sound has been tightened and cleaned up, a lot of the sludgey-ness I loved from the first two albums has gone....or rather, is there....but it's just been tweaked and polished. This is something, that for some, will not be a bad thing. It doesn't even bother me that much. But where this album really falls flat (for me.), is the lyrics. Some of the tracks are almost...Okay, let's be really frank here...are blatant 60's psyche pop songs with throw away lyrics. What happened to the socio-political angle that these guys were integrating throughout their songs. I loved that about them. A sense of doom along with lyrics about war, politics, etc. On this album quite a large percentage of the lyrical content is of a fairly light weight nature. Nothing too thought provoking.

I simply miss the darker vibe of the first two albums. They are both killers...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Roger L. MacKinnon on October 25, 2010
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For starters, I find The Black Angels enormously talented and do things with the 60's vibe impeccably. Please read the reviews of others to discern the fine details of this album. My gripe however most likely does not involve the band per say, but resides with the distributor of their material. I purchased the CD, and now I find the "exclusive version" of this album with an extra track. But in order for me to get it, I HAVE TO PURCHASE THE ALBUM AGAIN! This really pisses me off, because I ABSOLUTELY REFUSE TO REPURCHASE THIS! I will never hear this extra song, because the record company wants to get more money from extreme fans, and I feel that this is extremely unfair to them. Black Label Society also did this crap on itunes with their latest release (which I did not buy on principle because I am not paying twice for a CD or album download, because they dangle an extra carrot to see if I am willing to chase it and line their pockets with extra money). Quit doing this, you greedy bastards!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John L Murphy TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on September 15, 2010
Format: Audio CD
Compared to "Directions to See a Ghost," which for me fulfilled the promise of "Passover," this third album's less consistent and more eclectic. I understand why. The band risked getting trapped in their overwhelming, percussive, intense drones. I loved these (see my reviews of both CDs), but I admit if they had produced another record full of the same darkness, without room for light, it might have been nearing a dead-end however polished and raw both.

So, with no idea what to expect, hearing these ten tracks shows the band recognizes what had to be done. I will briefly comment on each song to give you an idea of the range. "Bad Vibrations," a would-be slogan for the band's earlier work, starts with their familiar distorted guitar on top of a heavy beat, but it races towards a livelier end than usual. "Haunting at 1300 McKinley" continues this approach, but "Yellow Elevator #2" mixes a Clinic-like vocal processing with stacked and interwoven voices to add layers to what in the past has been the same intonations from a single throat. It works well to vary this style, which as the song goes on reminds me of very early Pink Floyd blended into "Dark Side of the Moon"'s title track: the song definitely evokes this period.

"Sunday Afternoon" opens with perhaps an electric jug like their Austin, Texas, predecessors 13th Floor Elevators used; this tune also recalls "Nuggets"-era garage rock. "River of Blood" returns to their signature sound with a war theme but it hurries up the pace also as it progresses. "Entrance Song" continues a tribal beat.

"Phosphene Dream" as the title track alters the tone and moves to a thicker, clotted production that recalls Echo and the Bunnymen with its chiming keyboards.
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