Psychedelic rockers the Black Angels have taken another kind of trip on their fourth album, "Indigo Meadow," and it seems like the Austin group's fans are happily going with them.
"Indigo Meadow" debuts at No. 15 on the Alternative Albums chart and No. 23 on Rock Albums this week, despite the quartet's discernible change to more direct and dynamic song structures -- something frontman Alex Maas says "wasn't really intentional going into it."
"It just sounds like us to me -- but I'm looking at it from the inside, of course," Maas tells Billboard. "For me it's more uptempo and like a blossomed, fully-realized version of what we're doing right at this minute. It's kind of like taking a shorter ride to a long journey. The songs get to the point a little quicker, without dragging on too long. But it wasn't a conscious decision to say, 'Oh, we're going to make something different.' It's just good to evolve -- just as people, not just musicians."