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Boomkat Product Review:
This is the third album from Pink Mountaintops, the solo project initiated by Black Mountain's Stephen McBean. The Vancouver native has chosen to present this latest collection of songs as though it were a schlocky romance novel, reportedly drawing inspiration from source material as improbably disparate as "weddings in Montreal", "the Bermuda Triangle" and "people who haven't made out yet but will in the future". In reality Outside Love is a far more coherent and finely constructed affair than that billing would have you believe. The songs have a real strength and depth to them, setting alt. country slow jams like 'And I Thank You' alongside strangely Christmassy showstoppers such as the great opener 'Axis: Thrones Of Love' and 'Come Down'. In addition to the seemingly ubiquitous producer John Congleton (who must get some of the credit for carving out such a rich and far-reaching selection of musical contexts for McBean's songs) a whole host of contributors from the North American indie rock allegiance show up for tours of duty, with members of GSYBE, Destroyer, Jesse Sykes & The Sweet Hereafter, Jackie O Motherfucker and of course Black Mountain all adding to the album's sense of scale and scope. A far more complex and nuanced enterprise than the blistering stoner rock of Black Mountain, Pink Mountaintops is proving to be a increasingly fertile project for McBean's music.