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Monday, June 21, 2010

The Black Angels third album due Sept. 14


Today, record label Blue Horizon announced it has signed Austin-based psychedelic rock band, The Black Angels.  The Black Angels third album, and first release on Blue Horizon, is the highly anticipated Phosphene Dream, which is set for release on September 14th in the US and September 13th in the UK.   Phosphene Dream marks a giant leap forward for the band.  Produced and mixed by Dave Sardy (Oasis, Wolfmother, Black Mountain) over a period of six months in Los Angeles, the album shows off both sonically and musically a bold new direction for The Black Angels, a fresh take on the neo-Psychedelic movement they've been at the forefront of for years.

While past albums Passover and Directions to See a Ghost were recorded in the band's hometown of Austin, Texas, the process by which Phosphene Dream was created pulled the band out of their comfort zone and forced them to look at songwriting and recording in a way they never had before.  Years of non-stop worldwide touring have turned The Black Angels into a tightly wound unit, and those years of work are all on showcase here.  The band plans to celebrate the release with more years of touring, starting at the end of August where the band will be playing the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK, Rock en Seine in Paris, and the highly coveted Jim Jarmusch curated stage at ATP in NYC.  An announcement of their full fall touring plans will be coming shortly. 

The deal also serves of particular importance as it marks the first band signed to the label since industry icons Richard Gottehrer, co-founder of The Orchard (NASDAQ: ORCD), and Seymour Stein CEO of Sire Records (WMG) announced its revival earlier this year at MIDEM.

Seymour Stein commented, "Great musicianship and performers, mesmerizing vocals, and songs that penetrate the subconscious.  That's the best way to describe Black Angels, our first signing to Blue Horizon records.  In every way the band is perfect choice to re-launch to this iconic label."  

Richard Gottehrer continued on, "Everyone was so receptive when we announced we were bringing Blue Horizon back.  We hope they share in our excitement for the great things we have in store in modernizing this label to serve as a source of music from emerging artists across genres."

The Orchard will handle the marketing, worldwide digital and North American physical distribution for releases that come through the re-established label.  

couple more items before i get to tonight's review -
  • Nicole Atkins signs to Razer and Tie and will release her second album in 2011
  • Hunter's Run has released their 3rd of their 4 7" series and apparently, they've changed up their sound for this one, gone is the Elvis Costello/Husker Du vibe, in its place is a ballad, Hunter's Run style.

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