Monday, October 19, 2009

The Blue Angel Lounge-S/T (2009)



"In 1965, Nico played her first shows at The Blue Angel Lounge, a NYC club. So, The Blue Angel Lounge, formed in Hagen in 2004, is named after and pays tribute to its famous fellow countrywoman. A psychedelic band, this German quintet stands out from its peers in terms of form as their lunar and nebulous atmosphere evokes the dark romanticism of Cursed Poets. The blue angels' dreamlike dimension stems from its mysterious, disenchanted and penetrating singing, a ghostlike voice whose lament haunts you and gives you goosebumps.
But what do these lost souls talk about? About loneliness, pain, addiction, death and about love, of course.
Slowly but surely, "Looming Solid Massive Steamer" darkens the horizon and brings up precious rough edges, which are like little levitating stars, before the tambourine in "Ashes Round The Skull" electrifies and keeps boosting us.
If Nico was The Black Angels' 'godmother', who are second cousins of the Hagen combo, the German icon is for sure the mentor of the quintet who dedicates her the track "Desertshore", a vibrant tribute whose beauty is icy and poisonous.
Besides the recurring ghost of Nico, one can catch a glimpse of the shadows of The Velvet Underground, Spacemen 3 and also Joy Division in the Blue Angel Lounge firmament, hence one finds himself torn between narcotic dream (Orange in Green, A Hundred Years In Love) and biting disillusion (In Cold Water, The God), the whole thing being endowed with an elegant lyricism.
"I fear the devil in me" seems to be those tormented troubadours' motto. A exhilirating and spellbinding fragrance rises from these ten tunes, a scent that each listen makes even more delectable and hypnotic.
I bet that these German princes' "black sun" will keep blinding us over and over again..."

Attention Velvet Underground fans: You will eat this up. Great vintage sounding droning rock and roll. When people compare the Black Angels (another pretty good comparison for BAL) to VU, this band makes that whole deal sound silly. This is where it's at. Also of note: These guys are unsigned which is a goddamn shame. Support zees Germans and buy from 'em.

Ashes round the skull

6 comments:

Lady Godiva said...

First off, you shouldn't post a review that has been written by someone else on your profile.
Also, if you do, you must mention the name or pseudo of the person who wrote it, me in this instance.
Don't use my reviews without asking for permission in the future!
Thanks

Florence said...

Dis-donc, j'ai l'impression d'avoir déjà lu ça quelque part, c'est pas une chronique de Lady Godiva par hasard?
Sinon,le Blue Angel Lounge est effectivement un excellent groupe, qui viendra bientôt faire un tour par ici d'ailleurs!

Anonymous said...

And the copyright MOFO ?

Anonymous said...

yeah you stoled it from reverberation

Anonymous said...

you stold this review man, bad bad attitude.

Zoltar said...

I apologized publicly and privately to Lady Godiva. "stoled" is not a word, nor is it what I did, nor does it have anything to do with my goddamn attitude.

Feel free to leave a name if you want to accuse me of something by the way.