If there is one thing that has proved to be true about Anton Newcombe, it is that he has a tremendous work ethic. The Brian Jonestown Massacre frontman has been living an artist’s existence in Berlin for some years now, and he continues to release albums on his own label, as well as post his intriguing demos online. For Revelation, the band’s 14th full-length, Newcombe and Co. culled from the best of the last two years’ batch of songs. As usual, Newcombe brings a variety of influences and textures together fluidly. Old-school fans will rejoice at the great psychedelic tracks like “Unknown” and “Days, Weeks and Moths,” which owe something to Robyn Hitchcock and John Lennon. Also to be found on Revelation are the catchy “Food for Clouds,” the ambient, Popol Vuh–like “Second Sighting,” and the electronica-infused “Memorymix.” In our opinion, it’s the bittersweet “Nightbird” and the Stereolab-meets-Broadcast reminiscent “Goodbye (Butterfly)” that make for the album’s finest tracks. But the ultimate revelation here might be that the BJM has finally made its Revolver.
The Brian Jonestown Massacre