News hits today that Black Mountain, the perennially prog vortex that swirls around Stephen McBean, has a new album on the way in May. Over the years the band has been whittled and reformed, but McBean’s brought on some heavy hitters for Destroyer including oft collaborators Kid Millions and Jeremy Schmidt along with members of Sleepy Sun, Flaming Lips, Dommengang and Swans. The first peek behind the curtain at the album is the fiery space epic “Future Shade”.
The track is slathered with Black Mountain hallmarks – organs that hew just shy of over-the-top, fuzz-metal leads, epic background vocals, and stakes that feel infinite in nature. Reportedly the album centers on the feeling of teenage freedom that comes from the unshackling of youth via a first car (the album itself is named after a Dodge Destroyer). In that respect, its easy to hear this cued up on the FM sandwiched between Black and White years BOC and Rush. There’s plenty of denim, delinquency and engine exhaust swirling through the veins of “Future Shade” that’s for sure. The album is out May 24th via Jagjaguwar.
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