Just in time for Valentine’s Day, the southern gothic chanteuse BETTY BLACK returns with her latest single, “BAD WEATHER”, a joyously twisted tale of love, carnal desire and obsession. Lifted from her forthcoming BAD WEATHER EP (slated for release in April 2012), the single captures the intense yearning of star-crossed lovers destined to crash and burn like a quick flash desert storm – torrential, tumultuous and electric. Black proves to be a compelling character in her songs, which are often dark, earnest, melodic, and intentionally rough around the edges. Shifting between fantasy and reality, vulnerable and brash, “BAD WEATHER” is as ominous and foreboding as it is exultant and fulfilling. Throughout Gordon cautions “don’t fool yourself, girl, you can never be together…he was born wild, you’re made of lace, he’s leather…how quickly lighting strikes than it’s out like bad weather”. However, she’s unable to resist her lover’s magnetic charms, and the perilous storm ensues…
Fusing dusty desert rock and glimmering, distorted pop against razor-edged electric guitars overlaid with driving metallic drums, Gordon creates a an immersive mirage and paean to the Sixties pop and underground cult classics like RUSS MEYERS’ psychosexual super vixens, ENNIO MORRICONE’S spaghetti westerns and NANCY SINATRA’S provocative steam heat, as well as, DAVID LYNCH’S Blue Velvet and Lost Highway while infusing the retro-modern sounds of contemporaries like LYKKE LI and THE RAVEONETTES. This is the sound of chain gang heartbreak pop at its most obsessive, lustful and thrilling. It’s a sprawling, yet, concise statement aimed at black-veiled brides with a sense of humor and adventure.
For the B-side, Black slows things down on “NEW MEXICAN SUNSET” to deliver a haunting noir incantation for weary journeyman across the deserted New Mexican trails and canyons…the lost shadowy figures toiling among the soil and the sky…surrounded by smoke rings, cactus, dilapidated shacks and scattered bootleggers and nomadic native tribes. The potent duet features vocals from BB guitar Jason Blum. The set closes out with the bonus cut “BAD WEATHER (BLACK & CULLERS ALT VERSION)” – an eerie, stripped down re-rub of the original punctuated with swirling guitars, dark synth washes and imploding drums. This highlights the act’s more experimental, art-rock inspired proclivities owing much to BAUHAUS, SUICIDE and SISTERS OF MERCY. Prepare to get Blacklisted!!!
- Alternative Pop