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Phosphene Dream: new Black Angels album, Sleepy Sun & Avi Buffalo summer singles

Phosphene Dream: new Black Angels album, Sleepy Sun & Avi Buffalo summer singles

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Revived record label Blue Horizon have 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 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.

To hear the first track from Phosphene Dream, “Bad Vibrations,” click here: The Black Angels | Phosphene Dream - 'Bad Vibrations' Press Stream
To download “Bad Vibrations,” go here: The Black Angels - Phosphene Dream | coming September 14th on Blue Horizon Records

While past albums Passover and Directions to See a Ghost were recorded in the bands hometown of Austin, Texas, the process involved on making Phosphene Dream pulled the band out of their comfort zone and forced them to look at songwriting and recording in a way they never have before. Years of non-stop worldwide touring had turned the band 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.

Live European dates this Aug:
Thu 12 Aug – Oya Festival, Oslo, Norway
Thu 26 Aug – The Borderline, London, UK
Fri 27 Aug – Leeds Festival, Leeds, UK
Sat 28 Aug – Reading Festival, Reading, UK
Sun 29 Aug – Rock en Seine, France

The deal also serves of particular importance as it marks the first band signed to the label since industry veterans Richard Gottehrer, co-founder of distribution company The Orchard, and Seymour Stein CEO of Sire Records (WMG) announced it’s revival earlier this year at MIDEM. Blue Horizon was founded in the late 1960’s, the legendary Blues label was best known for discovering acts like Chickenshack and Fleetwood Mac. 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 everyway the band is perfect choice to re-launch to this iconic label.”


Marina is the latest single from psychedelic giants Sleepy Sun, set for release September 6th on ATP. The opening track of their acclaimed new album Fever, Marina represents the two sides of the band, beginning as a languid, bluesy expanse and building to a tribal beat-driven climax of stomping, screaming proportions. The single will be released as a download and on 10” vinyl with a brand new B-side ‘Horses’.

Fever is a band working, like the heroic combos of old - real, made by hand, eyes ahead on an unbridled future and giving two shits for the sideways glance of the lurking trend spotter. A band working, and a working band - Sleepy Sun’s soaring and soul-stirring live shows are already mowing down audiences on both sides of the Atlantic. Recent converts Arctic Monkeys chose them as touring partners in the US which ended with them witnessing riots together in Mexico. UNKLE’s lead single from their new LP ‘Follow Me Down’ features ‘Sun singer Rachel Fannan on vocal duties. The converts are fast becoming legion. The four corners of Europe now have another chance to join the legion when Sleepy Sun tour the continent in August.

8 August – Standon Calling, Standon (Main stage, 3:10pm)
17 August – Bush Hall, London
18 August – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (w/Besnard Lakes)
19 August – Edge Festival @ Capital, Edinburgh
20 August – Green Man, Brecon Beacons (Far Out stage, 7pm)


Fresh from playing triumphant sets at Glastonbury this Sunday, Avi Buffalo announce Truth Sets In (Aug 16th on Sub Pop) as their next release. The Long Beach-based band whose debut album has had critics frothing with superlatives, winning plaudits for its melodic sensibilities, Avi’s incredible guitar playing and its densely layered lyrics, which provide a fresh perspective on US teenage life. Sung by Avi and bandmate Rebecca Coleman, the understated Truth Sets In has all three in spades.

To mark the single release, Avi Buffalo will be travelling to the UK for some much-anticipated live dates in June and August.

August 19, 2010 Pukkelpop Festival, Belgium
August 20, 2010 Green Man Festival, Glanusk
August 22, 2010 Library, Lancaster
August 24, 2010 Cargo, London
August 27, 2010 READING FESTIVAL Reading
August 29, 2010 LEEDS FESTIVAL Leeds
August 30, 2010 Edinburgh Festival, Edinburgh
August 31, 2010 Bodego Nottingham


The Soundcarriers debut album 'Harmonium' was a favourite of ours in the In House office. The follow up 'Celeste' sees them move into a more Kraut-y / experimental direction (even better by us!) whilst still threading through Axelrod, Pentangle, perfect vocal harmonies, 60s psych pop and jazz tinges. That’s out 9th August on Melodic. Here's a track to wet the appetite (cool to use on sites) st.mp3

The Smiles & Frowns are a duo from Phoenix, Arizona who wind away their day-ze making imaginative psych folk pop that reminds us of White Album era Beatles, Syd Barrett, Oliver Postgate, Curt Boettcher and 60s West Coast pop. Basically what Jim Noir would sound like if he were bored in the desert rather than his bedroom in rainy Manchester. The debut album is out 16th Aug on Manc DIY label aA Recording and it's also their 50th release. Here's a taster (feel free to put on blogs):

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