Editors’ Notes Texas’ Black Angels make wonderfully dark, mesmerizing psychedelic music, and one of their secret weapons is vocalist Alex Maas, who sounds a bit like the devil trying to be coy. His pinched whine is — delightfully -— both winsome and sinister, and Phosphene Dream burrows deep into the murk and morass of psych-rock weighted with paranoia and unease. The Velvet Underground may be the group’s patron saint, but they have a clear fondness for other dark horses of the genre, namely the Doors and 13th Floor Elevators. (iTunes bonus track “Ronettes” is a stroke of genius: VU produced by Phil Spector, with Ray Manzarek on keys.) Tracks like “Sunday Afternoon” (in which the band gives a nod to the Elevators’ electric jug sound) and “Telephone” are real surprises, accented with flavors of both Madchester and ‘60s Brit-pop, and killer opening track “Bad Vibrations” shifts suddenly from a sinuous, pinwheeling parade of effects-drenched guitar and reverb haze to a revved-up, violent end. Phosphene Dream is full of surprises, and holds its charm for many listenings.

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Bad Vibrations
1
4:27
 
Haunting At 1300 McKinley
2
2:24
 
Yellow Elevator #2
3
4:56
 
Sunday Afternoon
4
2:43
 
River of Blood
5
3:58
 
Entrance Song
6
3:38
 
Phosphene Dream
7
3:41
 
True Believers
8
4:33
 
Telephone
9
1:59
 
The Sniper
10
3:54
 
Melanie's Melody (Bonus Track)
11
3:43
 
Ronettes (Bonus Track)
12
4:38
 

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