Black Hearted Brother – (I Don’t Mean To) Wonder

Featuring Neil Halstead (Slowdive, Mojave 3), Nick Holton (Locust, Seefeel) and Mark Van Hoen (Holton’s Opulent Oog), London’s Black Hearted Brother are a new band of space rockers who command attention.

(I Don’t Mean To) Wonder loops itself into a fervent frenzy. It’s orgasmically delicious – four and a half minutes of fuzzy, tripped out bliss. Guitars crash like big waves. Lyrics, obscured by vocal delay, promise everything and offer nothing all at once. Bass and drums sit pretty awash a collage of distorted, widescreen psychedelic noise. It’s like a concentrated dose of the finer elements of shoegaze. A hit of something good. When the perfect baritone drawl of the chorus shifts into sharp focus and hooks you in, you’ll swear you’ve heard it before. It’s a measure of the songwriting that its impact is so massive and familiar sounding. It’s so damn good it leaves you craving more.

Paul Baird