Black Books were last year hailed as 'Top Ten Locals to Watch in 2011' - The Austin Chronicles and 'No. 1 artist of 2011' - Darkroom Magazine. A flurry of US - and now UK - buzz has surrounded the Texan 5-piece since 2010 when they started creating their heady, epic and atmospheric mix of dreamy, visionary pop, blended with '(a) wildly inventive and exceptionally charming take on psych rock.' - The Line of Best Fit.
Black Books lush orchestral qualities have led to comparisons with contemporaries such as Band of Horses, Grandaddy and My Morning Jacket. While others have hailed the experimental psychedelia that quietly underlines most tracks with the likes of Pink Floyd.
However, Black Books have an experimental edge and maturity to their ambient show-gaze indie rock that sets them apart. The 'Aquarena' EP evokes a plethora of emotions with its haze of sprawling, mesmerising psychedelia and sun-soaked melodies blended with something huge and anthemic - and all charged with Ross Gilfillan's warm throaty drawl of a vocal.
The 'Aquarena' EP was recorded in the oppressive heat and record breaking Austin draught last summer: 'Just from personal experience, the weather can really affect who you are, and when I listen back to the recording from last summer, I remember how hot, dry and exhausted the whole world looked' Ross says about the band's endless summer of recording. Around this time Ross and wife and keyboardist Meg became parents and much of the lyrical content draws on his personal experiences of love and recently becoming a father.
Black Books release 'Aquarena' EP on 11th February 2013 via Believe Recordings (Digital + 10" Vinyl). Their debut album follows in Spring. News on UK shows to follow.
Listen to 'Aquarena' here: