Space To Bakersfield - Black Mountain

from the album IV (2016)

A good rule in life is to always seek out friends with excellent speakers and great record collections.  A funky friend in Cabbagetown turned me on to the latest release by Black Mountain a few weeks ago.  It sounded great.

His killer speakers enveloped the open space with all sorts of throwback psychedelic rock vibes impeccably produced by Randall Dunn.  It was like a kaleidoscope in my ears, channeling the best of classic, 70s psychedelia. (I need to hang out there more often).

I urge you to listen to this album in its entirety.  You'll be paid off with Space to Bakersfield, a nine minute Pink Floyd-esque soundscape that could have appeared on Wish You Were Here.  Lush textures float by as cleaving guitar leads slaughter you like a calf.

And while you're transcending, check out the fantastic cover art (that tips the hat to the above mentioned Floyd album imagery).  This cover also pays tribute to Led Zeppelin's first album (with The Hindenburg in flames), by depicting another obsolete aircraft - The Concorde - flying over posh estate grounds with flames shooting from the gardens, a man in a blue oxford shirt donning a space helmut, and a young girl in a red dress running towards a flaming fountain.

The Led Zeppelin salute is also captured in this album's title.

Seek out great cover art ... and funky friends.

Click Here to listen to Space To Bakersfield.

Comments

  1. Space to Bakersfield was a massive flashback to a place and time where in my hand there would be a controlled substance followed by a deep draw to be held, cherished, and experienced, then contemplated. Not just a deep thought, but truly involved as if the nuclei comprising me were all in on the conversation. The musical nuances and the precisely distorted tones ushered me through this time lapse for the moments of the songs duration is such a way that it may put this band on the top of my current favorites for some time to come. Touching the past through music such as this is a fabulous treat, in that it brings the memories out but doesn't require the need of any control other than volume, and good speakers only serve to make the experience better (thanks 40 Watt). Albeit Black Mountain may be a new addiction, it's a fully accepted habit change that won't end up requiring an intervention.

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    1. I hope that Black Mountain becomes your new vice, JB. They are a potent band.

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  2. Black Mountain. One of the best out there today. Come on over to listen to them anytime.

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    1. I can't wait for the show in June. Lots of friends going. Should be a blast.

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  3. Great cover art and funky friends go hand in hand.

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