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Album: Phosphene Dream
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bad Vibrations More Info...
2)    Haunting at 1300 McKinley More Info...
3)    Yellow Elevator #2 More Info...
4)    Sunday Afternoon More Info...
5)    River of Blood More Info...
6)    Entrance Song More Info...
7)    Phosphene Dream More Info...
8)    True Believers More Info...
9)    Telephone More Info...
10)    The Sniper More Info...
2)    Haunting at 1300 McKinley More Info... 0:02
3)    Yellow Elevator #2 More Info... 0:05
4)    Sunday Afternoon More Info... 0:02
5)    River of Blood More Info... 0:04
6)    Entrance Song More Info... 0:03
7)    Phosphene Dream More Info... 0:03
8)    True Believers More Info... 0:04
9)    Telephone More Info... 0:02
10)    The Sniper More Info... 0:04
 

Album: Phosphene Dream
# Song Title   Time
1)    Bad Vibrations More Info...
2)    Haunting at 1300 McKinley More Info...
3)    Yellow Elevator #2 More Info...
4)    Sunday Afternoon More Info...
5)    River of Blood More Info...
6)    Entrance Song More Info...
7)    Phosphene Dream More Info...
8)    True Believers More Info...
9)    Telephone More Info...
10)    The Sniper More Info...
2)    Haunting at 1300 McKinley More Info... 0:02
3)    Yellow Elevator #2 More Info... 0:05
4)    Sunday Afternoon More Info... 0:02
5)    River of Blood More Info... 0:04
6)    Entrance Song More Info... 0:03
7)    Phosphene Dream More Info... 0:03
8)    True Believers More Info... 0:04
9)    Telephone More Info... 0:02
10)    The Sniper More Info... 0:04
 
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Performer Notes
  • Personnel: Christian Bland (vocals, guitar, harmonium, organ); Alex Maas (vocals, guitar, percussion); Nate Ryan (vocals, guitar); Kyle Hunt (guitar); Stephanie Bailey (drums, percussion).
  • Audio Mixer: Dave Sardy.
  • When a band opens its album with a song called "Bad Vibrations," hits the midway point with another called "River of Blood," and titles its grand finale "The Sniper," it's safe to assume that the group is not much worried about seeming wholesome and friendly. And even if the Black Angels had given the songs on their third full-length album, Phosphene Dream, titles relating to bunnies, flowers, and ice cream, this music would still cast a long shadow of bad karma; the Black Angels appear to be stoned on the same stuff Thee Oh Sees have been taking for years, but with fewer hallucinations and a good bit more crummy attitude. While most bands following the path of the gloomy and the stoned sound a bit sloppy, on Phosphene Dream the Black Angels feel tighter and more precise than they ever have before, and the unified attack on these tunes helps the medicine go down without robbing the music of its sinister power. The musicians certainly deliver the goods, calling up a web of guitars, keyboards, and drums that thunder and ooze at the same time, and the melodies walk steadily more than they lurch. Producer Dave Sardy gives this music an approach that's just tidy enough, letting the important noise throb purposefully while letting the extraneous noise fall by the wayside, and he manages to make Phosphene Dream sound cleaner than most albums of this ilk without taking the guts out of the sound. And amidst all that is dark and sinister on this album, "Telephone" is a classic bit of garage rock swagger in which the Black Angels reveal they can make music you can dance to when they feel like it. Sometimes being bad can be more fun than being good, and on Phosphene Dream the Black Angels hit that sweet spot more often than not; next time you're having a s?ance or reenacting the Sunset Strip riots, this is just the soundtrack you need. ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (p.97) - 3 stars out of 5 - "'Haunting at 1300,' 'Sunday Afternoon' and 'Telephone' are flat-out Nuggetsy neo-psych dancers, with piled-on lysergic FX."

Pitchfork (Website) - "[I]t finds the band peeling back the psychedelic murk and tempering its bad vibes with a hint of flower-power homage."

Record Collector (magazine) (p.84) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "Out of the new breed they get it just right, making some genuinely ground-breaking new music."

Uncut (magazine) (p.87) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "Tracks like 'Bad Vibrations' are more like demonic incantations than songs, wound tight by ruthless repetition, thick waves of reverb, adn singer Alex Maas invoking Grace Slick and Jim Morrison."
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