Retro-minded indie rockers work on their Sabbath
When pondering the prolificacy of indie rock, one must think fondly of Stephen McBean. The bearded, raspy-tongued songwriter serves as frontman of all bands geologically named on label Jagjaguwar—from his lo-fi, oft-sexual songs with The Pink Mountaintops, to his work with Black Mountain. Fortunately we benefit from such prodigious output, as evidenced by the latter band’s debut LP. Starting off impressively with the horn-drenched über-hipness of “Modern Music,” and running the gamut of ’70s influences from the Stones (“No Satisfaction”) to Sabbath (“Druganaut”), Black Mountain indulges that old-school rock ’n’ roll craving.