Black Mountain – Destroyer

Black Mountain
Photo: Olivia Jaffe

I can honestly say that the single Canadian band that has had the greatest impact on my taste in music is Black Mountain. They are everything I look for in a rock band. These LA-based transplants from Vancouver are heavy, psych-y, dark and smooth, all at the same time. Destroyer is the fifth Black Mountain release by champions of the thoughtfully strange, Jagjaguwar. This album benchmarks the departures of vocalist Amber Webber and founding member Joshua Wells. I think it’s safe to say that they are not missed on this album which proves itself to be the group’s heaviest and most sonically expansive release to date. In the places of Webber and Wells are contributions from Adam Bulgasem (Soft Kill), Kliph Scurlock (Flaming Lips), Kid Millions (Oneida) on drums and Rachel Fannan (Sleepy Sun) on vocals. With collaborators like this, it’s easy to understand how swiftly this album knocks you off your feet.

Canadian Tour Dates

  • Sep 15 Westward Music Festival – Vancouver