I was quite surprised when I got word that Pink Mountaintops would release a two-song vinyl LP. It had been just a few short months (or what felt like short months) since Stephen McBean’s lovechild released the critically acclaimed Get Back.
And now I know why: it feels like the single, ‘Asleep with an Angel’, should have been on Get Back.
The track is good. Let me start by saying that. It’s a sweeping foray into the lo-fi stoner rock that we’ve come to love from Pink Mountaintops. McBean’s lazy, breathy vocals pander on while dizzy guitars fade in between strong bass notes and steady drums.
The trick is the LP’s B side, which has yet to be released – unless you were one of the 250 lucky fans to score a copy of the album from Parisian site April 77. ‘The Beat’, or what few seconds you can hear of it on iTunes, has an overall suf-ish sound, with a skater-esque tempo and punk-edged vocals. It’s much fresher and more exciting than the single, a gift to those who actually bought the clear-and-pink-splatter vinyl.
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Buy a digital copy of the 7″ on iTunes (even though you know it’s not the same).