PREMIERE: Listen to Black Country’s new self-titled album

Owen Sound's Black Country conjure wintery psych-country inspired by Ennio Morricone.

January 21, 2016

The second album from Owen Sound-based psychedelic country outfit Black Country is due out soon, but we’ve got the whole self-titled release streaming below.

From the first windswept moments of “Black Gold”, you know you’re not in for a straightforward, breezy listen. Barren and desolate, Black Country ebbs and flow between cosmic Americana as orchestrated by Ennio Morricone and something much darker: eight visions of ruined, wintery bleakness. The closer, “Deep Dark Blue”, is the album’s biggest curveball and its brightest light with a heavy stoner doom metal vibe. Call it Boris & Dunn, scratch that, Brooks & Sunn O))).

Fittingly, main Black Country denizen Joshua Richardson works as a psychiatric nurse when not crafting psych-country voyages, and his day job informs every aspect of the music. The album was recorded at Richardson’s home studio in Owen Sound, along with a cast of musicians including The Silver Hearts‘ Charles Glasspool, Russian Futurists‘ Scott Farmer, and local fiddler Tyler Beckett.

Listen to Black Country in full below:

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