My air conditioner died during one of the hottest streaks of weather Minnesota has ever seen so early in the year. I’ll be honest, my house is feeling rough but thankfully last night was cool enough that I could open the windows and get some fresh air in here. I have the fans going on full speed and will absolutely make it through the next eleven days until I get a new air conditioner but, in the meantime, I need some distraction from the heat so let’s just jump into some new music starting with King Black Acid’s 2017 three-track release- ‘Twin Flames’.

The title track of this little release kicks things off and lays out a super interesting and chill sound. It’s a little bluesy and a little indie rock while being completely full of emotion. The vocals have a very retro-feeling effect on them while the instrumentation stays fairly clear. A slide guitar sound enhances everything going on vocally while the drums stay slow and steady while driving this nearly seven-minute track ahead. There are moments throughout this lengthy opening track that are purely beautiful and others that are hauntingly eerie. It’s seriously such a dramatic and epic track that I somehow lost track of time even though it is much longer than most of the tracks I check out on a daily basis.

“Waiting for the Sun” is the second track on this quick album and although it’s still very distinctively that of King Black Acid, the mood seems to take a more somber feeling with this track. Although I would classify “Twin Flames” as slow and steady, I would say that “Waiting for the Sun” is even slower but there’s no lack of energy or creativity here. I’ll be honest, I was nervous as I looked down the tracklisting and realized that, although only three songs, this release is over twenty minutes long but the way that this band crafts their tracks keeps them from feeling too long. On the other side of the same coin, I love the way that each song has a distinct beginning and end instead of each song have multiple movements to it. Don’t get me wrong- there are distinct parts throughout each of these songs but they blend together so perfectly that each of these songs feels like a cohesive track.

Closing out this extremely dynamic mini-album is “Headfull of You”. Although still as emotive and powerful as the previous two tracks, there’s something a bit more playful and sing-songy about this final track that I found absolutely infectious. The sound of an acoustic guitar that comes through a bit clearer in this track may be the reason for the vibe but I also think it’s just the overall composition of this final track. It takes a while for the vocals to come in on this track but it’s well worth the wait. The amount of tenderness that each word comes with is absolutely stunning and leads to an absolutely gorgeous final track. Although my head has been spinning since my air conditioner broke down on Thursday, this song gave me the peace that I so desperately needed and it absolutely set the tone for what is sure to be a beautiful Saturday!

My Favorite Track(s): “Headfull of You”

For Fans Of: Epic Soundscapes; Beautiful Movement Within Tracks

Daydream-ability: 7 out of 10

What My Cats Thought Of It: Both cats stared out the front door screen since I rarely keep the door open– it was like a whole new world to them

How Badly I Want To See This Performed Live: 7 out of 10

My Overall Rating: 8.3 out of 10

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