Black Heart Procession is melodic indie rock at its best. Their new CD, Spell (released May 9 of this year on Touch and Go Records) is 11 tracks of melancholy music full of surprises at every turn. Time changes, odd tempos and a rich mix of violin, piano, guitars, drums, percussion with singer Pall Jenkins' raw, pleading vocalizations, add multiple layers to every song. Taken individually, each track is unique and taken as a whole, Spell blurs genre lines almost beyond recognition. The title track of the CD is a sad, choppy song with gypsy overtones and a flute (I think) accompanied by Jenkins beseechingly begging for forgiveness. "Not Just Words" opens with a Radiohead drum beat but quickly turns to an upbeat-ish pop tune. The entire album is a back and forth, up and down experience of sound--a must-have for any music connoisseur's collection. If you've never seen the Black Heart Procession, you can watch the video for Not Just Words (starring the lovely Shannyn Sossamon) at http://rainbowsandvampires.com/blackheart.html. Then, you can catch them live at Neurloux.
Saturday, July 1, 9 p.m., with Dan Sartain, $10 in advance through Ticketweb, Neurolux, 111 N. 11th St.