Black Books – “Paradise”
Pairs Well With…Band of Horses, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips
After catching on to Black Books early on (late 2011), the psychedelic tinged, slow rock band has followed through with a strong, hypnotic and surprisingly pop-focused LP. Band of Horses comparisons will be inevitable given the similar vocals and their mid-tempo, folk-tinged rock, but there’s a little more space in Black Books music. It’s a looseness that matches the airy nature of the band’s music, yet there’s always something grounding Black Books down, driving bass runs or even crunchy rock guitars.
2012 Review: Black Books are a new band from Austin playing experimental rock with a pop edge. Their sound is reminiscent of My Morning Jacket and Band of Horses, especially vocally (someone needs to trademark whatever tricks these guys use to sound so great) but also in their melodic construction. There’s a great deal of potential here; some of their ideas work really, really well. I especially enjoy when they embrace the a softer sound but still with a flair for the anthemic as best displayed by “The Big Idea”, the lead off track of their initial EP, An Introduction To…, released on limited edition green vinyl by European distributor Shifting Sound back in February (how hip). They have recorded a full-length that by all indication will be released sometime early next year. It’ll be interesting to see what direction the band takes as all tracks they’ve released show a great deal of diversity ranging from alt-country to rock/pop styles.