Written by: Shane Thirteen
First things first: Seven Swords comes out August 21st, and I highly recommend you track down and reserve your copy now from bandcamp. This group from Savona, Italy has laid down a classic. Black Elephant has been around about a decade and as they grow they leap closer to being one of the world's best stoner/heavy psych bands. They describe their sounds as 70's fuzz stacked with Blues Psych Space Rock. All that is true.
What I gather from this album is Black Elephant is deep black warmth. The kind of warmth you feel on the first cold day in fall as you clinch into your bed and curl into the softness of your lover. It is sensual and the music wafts me away like smoke dangling on the rim of a bong. I tend not to think of albums as single tracks I like. But how do all the tracks fit into the feel of the album? What is this piece of music trying to tell me? Where does it want me to go?
I sit back in my easy chair. Earphones strapped on and eyes glazed over from my own research into deep space communion and astral projection. As Seven Swords takes flight, I am lifted out of my earthly confines and taxied out further to the cosmos. I have as it were, melted into this album and I am freely letting its warmth carry me to the far reaches of Space. I know it well. I have been visiting this comfortable place since I was a boy. Letting the power of music drift me into oblivion and take the ride. No concept of control over the trip. No desire to want to. Completely at the mercy of the trip itself. Wild eyed and free to discover new things without your ego getting in the way of a deep and religious musical experience. Am I relating this to a psychedelic experience? Oh hell yes. On the merit of the music, the flow of groove and construction of riff sends the listener straight into the peak of your trip. Once you are there you are led to your enlightenment in face melting swirling psychedelic tones releasing your vision and soul cruising through space in ancient Vimānas and chasing heavenly bodies through the Milky Way.
I love the tone of this album. Deep heavy fuzz screaming from the deep purple blackness of space. I close my eyes and let it take me away into glints of the deep empty of impossible dreams of alien planets and new visions of color. Seven Swords can only be described as a sonic induced acid trip into the warm loving void of cold. Gleaming stars smiling at your wonderment as you float adrift in the rings of planets. Pulsars thumping, pressing you further through the Universe. Quasars rushing past you in furious cascades of color and light. This is the musical tone of Seven Swords.
Black Elephant has crafted a classic for those into modern psychedelic music. Seven Swords, simply put...
...cosmic, man... Cosmic.
Black Elephant - Seven Swords will be released August 21st, 2020 from Small Stone
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