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The Pink Mountaintops

The brainchild of Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean, this remarkable record was apparently conceived on a Colorado freeway at dawn while high on trucker speed. The premise is hardly unique?a Velvets chug spiked with MBV fuzz-drone?but McBean bathes it all in peep-show neon, electric pulse and raging libido in tow. Non-Stop Erotic Cabaret for the Tindersticks crowd. Standout is the noirish one-night fling of “Tourist In Your Town”, but chunks are torn off Joy Division’s “Atmosphere”, alongside the Bo Diddley bleat of “Sweet ’69” and “I (Fuck) Mountains”‘ aching throb. A cult classic in the making.