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avorite psych-and-prog-spiritual pioneers are back with their second full-length. It resonates with the same epic ring, beloved deep rock touchstones, and genuine folk fragility that made their self-titled debut an instant classic. "In The Future" possesses immense breadth, seamlessly showcasing short and classic folk-pop gems along with driving modern rock masterpieces, peaking with "Bright Lights", a 17-minute multi-dimensional opus that gives Pink Floyd's "Echoes" a run for its money. This double CD deluxe edition is limited to 10,000 copies.
With In the Future, the Vancouver, BC-based retro-rock act Black Mountain has really worked through its influences, delivering a classic slab of new stoner/headphone rock. The band's eponymous debut treaded through the catalog of many a classic rock and folk artist's greatest hits album, picking the best bits from Deep Purple and Black Sabbath here, Mountain and Thin Lizzy there, as if these kids' folks had good taste in Big Rock, but not much else. In the Future is far less afflicted with such big-mustache irony. It's tempting, for example, to call the sprawling, hypnotic "Bright Lights" an "epic jam," simply because it's almost 17 minutes long. But the song has great male and female vocals, bring to mind John Doe and Exene Cervenka knackered on laudanum, and is hugely massive in parts, quiet and moody in others. Besides which, it really is a great epic song, not quite up to par with the song suite from Rush's 2112, but surpassing anything similar by Uriah Heep. The rest of the record is eclectic without ever straying far from heavy, psyched-out prog-metal with touches of contrasting folk. Basically, this is the ideal soundtrack to a serious game of Dungeons & Dragons. --Mike McGonigal
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This band has a male and female singer, though most of the songs are written by the band's leader, Stephen Mcbean. Their first album, self titled, has a big variety in sound between songs, for instance a jazzy upbeat number, the next song something completely different etc.
This album "In the Future" has a slower, soft feel. It almost seems to have a pagan theme. Then their 3rd album "Wilderness Heart" seemed to get more acclaim, and hype. But I found it - complicated, almost a frenzy.
Give it a listen, you won't be disappointed! I don't know if this band is still together, or if they will make any more albums. According to Wiki, the lead singer has other bands and projects going on.
This is one of the few newer bands I've gotten into.
It's taken me a while to get the feel of it. Working with early 70s influences, adding most of all on "B[...]s," the bonus disc's opening track, more of a Paisley Underground Opal- Rain Parade- Dream Syndicate mood crossed with a bit of Jesus & Mary Chain, the bridging of 1980s college radio's neo-psych with 70s classic rock makes for a clever mix. What I continue to find this Vancouver band's strongest element: the voices, and their layered production.
On top of flute and harmonium, keyboards and processed effects, you can hear how the folkier, more wistful aura of West Coast late-60s sounds carries into the heavier delivery of more raunch and thunder. Yet, the band keeps the pace off-beat, and shifts the songs and their order on the album to stave off sameness. It's an intelligent record, not that commercial, yet not that obscure, and it deserves a wider audience.