The twangy and pastoral Austin psych band Pure X has morphed quite a bit in sound and structure while working their way up through the underground ranks, to the point that Angel, their third album and first for Fat Possum, barely resembles the band that released Pleasure just three years ago. The blurry reverb ruminations of that album have given way to clean, crisp clarity and what Austin Youngblood calls “a record for the ladies, about the ladies.” The languid psychedelic country rock that results sounds like the Clientele’s best attempt at a Beachwood Sparks album — or is it Phoenix’s best attempt at a Real Estate album? — and on first pass I can’t recommend it enough. You’ve already heard “Starlight” and “Heaven“; now listen to the whole thing at Spin, where you can read track-by-track commentary from the band.
Angel is out 4/1 on Fat Possum.