Nice to see how the cover art of Night Beats’ albums reflects the development of the American psychedelic / garage rock band. The first three covers were dark and gritty, more mood-setting than sharp, just like their music was fuzzy and echoing in the period 2011-2016. A big difference with the slick portrait photo of frontman Danny Lee Blackwell on the 2019 Myth of A Man LP, of which the Dan Auerbach produced songs sounded a bit too smooth and polished. And now there’s Outlaw R&B, the fifth full-length with original tracks, on which the sole permanent band member is drawn in bright colors and sharp lines, and the sound is self-described as raucous technicolour rock’n’roll. Night Beats have returned to their roots, but they’ve added the best of their more recent soulful work: riotous, acid-fried rock’n’roll to lose your head to, but more tightly produced and with uplifting, fresh songs that could / should be hits. Stream the full album below.
“Outlaw R&B is music for the borderless, the free, the outcasts and the forgotten.” – Danny Lee Blackwell
Bonus: watch the animation video for Stuck in the Morning, one of the technicolour hits.