Go to the store for: The limited 4-track disc featuring live and unreleased tracks. Fans who purchase a digital download card at their local record store can hear the album as soon as April 15. When the physical release hits on May 13, they can go back to the store and get a hard copy of the CD with full art, plus the bonus EP at no extra charge. Very cool.
Notes: The Black Angels are in that dreaded tough spot for baby bands. Round two for any artist whose first release was widely revered isn't necessarily an enviable position.
The good news: the band's passionate fans won't be disappointed. They still sound like a Jason Pierce-engineered spacecraft landing in the desert at midnight, perhaps with Jim Morrison in the pilot seat. It's ominous, erotic, droney, and druggie. The opening strains of "You On the Run" will make everyone feel as comfortably numb as expected.
The bad news: there's not a lot of growth going on here, which wouldn't be a criticism even worth mentioning if they didn't seem to be musicians with much more to give. Erik Wofford's production is fantastic and part-time vocalist/multi-instrumental mischief maker Alex Maas is getting some great tones out of his tools (as is seductive drone master Jennifer Raines), but I look forward to them getting out of their own heads a bit more on the next one. I know they have it in them.