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Welcome Back: Black Mountain – Psychedelic Canadians with soul

They’re happy their music can “move ‘weird’ people and ‘normal’ people”. But how about when their mums like it?

With its surrealist, Storm Thorgerson-style artwork, and song titles such as Florian Saucer Attack, Constellations and Mothers Of The Sun, Black Mountain’s cunningly titled fourth album IV could only be a psychedelic rock album, but it’s one imbued with genuine heart and rare soul.

Mainman Stephen McBean – who also plays in experimental art-rockers Pink Mountaintops, Californian punks Obliterations and acoustic ‘death folk’ duo Grim Tower – reckons it’s the Canadian quintet’s most diverse, eclectic recording yet, a set of songs he considers could “pop up between John Coltrane, Devo and Adele”.

“After ten years as a band we’re really not worried about what scene we fit into,” the LA-based musician states. “Kids are still listening and still coming to rock out at shows, so we’re grateful.”


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