Black Feelings – Black Feelings
(Alien8 Recordings; 2009)
After locals Les Angles Morts called it quits a couple of years ago, half the band went on to form Black Feelings. They brought with them some of the elements of arty, synth-psych that defined the sound of their former band, but their new project has a decidedly darker vibe.
On their full-length debut, Black Feelings have replaced the spazzy, kaleidoscopic grooves of Les Angles with big brooding throbs of tribalistic psych-rock. Rooted in the nihilistic sounds of early 80s darkwave and post-punk, weaved into the mix are spacey soundscapes, and undertones of pulsating surf rock rumblings which at times verge on Spaghetti Western score-level intensity.
Despite combing these seemingly disparate styles, this is an impressively cohesive album, which satisfies the full sonic spectrum: from avant garde noise, to catchy pop tunes, often all at once.
Trial Track: “Golden Children”