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Viking's Choice: Pinkish Black, 'Bottom Of The Morning'

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Pinkish Black.
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Pinkish Black.

Pinkish Black swings moods like none other. Since 2010, the Fort Worth, Texas, duo has stuck to synths, drums and Daron Beck's Gothic croon without the urge to expand — but it evolves expansively anyway. Bottom Of The Morning, the band's third record, all but abandons Pinkish Black's previous metallic tendencies for the eerie heft of '70s Italian horror-movie soundtracks (think Goblin or Ennio Morricone on a sinister jazz kick).

The nine-minute title track runs through a woozy left-hand boogie, washed over with synths and Jon Teague's breathy drumming until the doomy, fuzzed-out denouement as Beck announces, "Everything's the same again, but everything is not the same."

Bottom Of The Morning comes out Oct. 30 on Relapse.

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