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Aural Pleasures: The Black Angels, 'Clear Lake Forest' EP 

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After taking us through a journey to the acid-drenched Indigo Meadow in 2013, The Black Angels have set April 19th (Record Store Day) as the departure date for fans to travel to the Clear Lake Forest. Just in time to play their new tunes for the Angels' own Psych Fest, the Austin psych revivalists have cut six new tracks of warbly, roaming rock 'n' roll. It doesn't take long for listeners to figure out if they're fans of The Black Angels. Within a song or two, the Angels have laid clear their mission of kaleidoscopic Texas psych. You can turn up, tune in and drop out, or get the fuck off the voyage. On Clear Lake Forest, The Black Angels moved towards beats rooted in hip-hop. The result is a different kind of psych rock, digging in on the hi-hat opposed to riding the cymbal. With tonal organ textures, fuzzed-out guitar and Alex Maas' washed out yelps, its signaturely Black Angelic, and thankfully so. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BFMaln5Hv74

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