Blaak Heat may be one of the most exciting psych bands around.
New Noise Magazine
Cinematic in scope, flawless in execution, and capable of inspiring kids as young as thirteen to pick up the guitar. (…) A new standard for a new generation.
No mirage and almost too good to be believed.
Heavily influenced by Eastern motifs, their third album, Shifting Mirrors, transplants you from California’s dusty garden to a mirage of camels, souks and travelling caravans. It’s a collection of weed-worshipping odes which tremble with bass-heavy licks and enchant you with a sense of consciousness-challenging mystique.
A journey down a road littered with influences from ’60s psychedelic prog-rock, ’70s Krautrock, and chord structures influenced by Middle Eastern and world music.
The L.A. trio’s Middle Eastern-flavored power rock – think Cream if its members had grown up with Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan instead of Robert Johnson – went over like a storm.
The Austin Chronicle
The end results, wind blown across vast landscapes by marijuana sandstorms and shadowed by mescaline dunes, are, needless to say, thousands of miles and several dimensions removed from the Champs Elysées; so drop your fondue and borrow a camel for what’s bound to be a long, sticky-hot caravan through Blaak Heat Shujaa’s star-struck Mojave soundtracks.
Parisian trio Blaak Heat Shujaa has decamped to L.A., and the scorching of year-round sun pleasantly stains this psychedelic desert-rock record. The band moves between thick, bass-driven riffing, lo-fi surf rock, Cisnerosian lyrics, cues that sound borrowed from an Ennio Morricone score, and even slam poetry.
The Onion A.V. Club
Un excellent album aussi planant que lourd, aussi subtil que brutal, regorgeant de sonorités venant des quatre coins du monde. […] Un son tout à fait à part, mariant sitar et basse vrombissante, parfums d’orient et rock psychédélique tout californien, trahissant leur soif d’expériences inédites et d’expéditions au-delà des portes de la perception. […] Une réussite.
Questi ragazzi dimostrano una sorprendente maturità. […]Un lavoro in cui tutto sembra al posto giusto nella sua uniforme miscela e fa sì che il sound scaturito non vada ad impantanarsi in scontati e ridondanti clichè. […] Se continueranno su questa strada potremmo affermare di aver trovato la “next big thing” dei prossimi anni.