Black Elephant: Cosmic Blues (2018)

Written by: Kev Rowland

This is the third full-length album from Italian psychedelic fuzz rock unit Black Elephant. One can guess the style of music just from looking at the psychedelic cover that wouldn’t have looked out of place at the Fillmore in the late Sixties. Based in Savona, Italy, the four-piece are taking their influences from Blue Cheer, Iron Butterfly, and Seventies fuzzed and distorted heavy rockers with a guitar sound rich and fat enough to saddle the notes and take a ride around the room as they seem so physical. Add to that a singer who has been listening to the great Dan McCafferty and one may just get an idea of what this album is like. The guys have played literally hundreds of gigs together, and it shows, as one can truly imagine this being repeated onstage as they have just sat into the groove and are enjoying it as much as the listener.

Apparently the album is being made available on limited edition purple vinyl, and if ever an album deserved to be heard in full analogue glory then it has to be this, as listening to a download just doesn’t give the presence that it should. Listening to this I am taken back to the early Seventies, sitting on the floor with the album cover in my hand, admiring the artwork and reading the lyrics (if there were any, often there weren’t), and falling in love with the music. This is most definitely for fans of the early Seventies, fuzzed, honest, robust psychedelic rock. Just sit back, turn on, tune in, drop out.

Rating: 7/10


Track list:
1. Cosmic Soul
2. Helter Skelter
3. Chase Me
4. Walking Dead
5. Baby Eroina
6. Cosmic Blues For Solitary Moose
7. Inno



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