Someday I want to move to gorgeous Vancouver, home of Stephen McBean. It’s the kind of place that inspires beautiful music, whether that is McBean’s crushing metal band Black Mountain or his surrealist pillow-poppers Pink Mountaintops. After listening to Pink’s latest effort Outside Love for Metromix, I might move there tomorrow.
Turn on, tune in, zone out. From the first fuzz of the Hendrix wisecracker “Axis: Thrones of Love” to the Mazzy Star-spacer “While We Were Dreaming,” featuring vocals from Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s Sophie Trudeau, “Outside Love” opens with a narcotic pull. Speaking of the Velvet Underground, proceedings pop to life with the “Heroin”-like stomp called “The Gayest of Sunbeams,” but otherwise this third release is a mellow affair, perfect for a Sunday spent daydreaming. On the countrified “And I Thank You,” you can almost see the porch swing drifting in the wind.