It may seem strange for a current band to relaunch legendary 60s blues label Blue Horizon, but the Black Angels fit the bill. Taking their cue from countless classic psych and garage bands, the Austin quintet don't have just one foot in the past - they have both.
Maintaining their successful retro-minded formula but further developing their chops, the band's third LP keeps the reverb high and the hooks flowing. Much of the album, including slow, ominous opener Bad Vibrations, has a darker tone than most other garage revivalists, but diversions like the Nuggetsy frat pop of Telephone help lighten the mood. Helpful, since the album does occasionally drag.
Everything from the production to the songwriting seems aimed to evoke the 60s, and the album would probably sound killer on a good turntable.
Top track: Bad Vibrations
The Black Angels play the Phoenix October 31.