Tuesday To-Do: Black Mountain | Rock Candy

Monday, March 10, 2008

Tuesday To-Do: Black Mountain

Posted By on Mon, Mar 10, 2008 at 9:06 PM

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BLACK MOUNTAIN
9 p.m., Sticky Fingerz. $7.

Black Mountain's new album is called “In the Future.” Surely, that's a joke. The record is a totem to epic, druggy music of the late '60s and '70s, with nods to Hawkwind, Jefferson Airplane, Sabbath, Blue Cheer, Velvet Underground, even Rush. That mismash of prog, acid-rock and proto-metal may sound like first-class wankery — one of the album's centerpieces is 16 minutes long, after all. But these Vancouverites never drift so far into their influences that the immediacy of the music is lost. Much of the credit goes to Stephen McBean and Amber Webber, whose vocal interplay is always arresting. Bon Iver performs indie-folk in the opening slot along with the psych-rock stylings of Nomadic Nordic.

Download: Black Mountain's "Druganaut" and "Tyrants"

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