ONCE HIDDEN KOSMISCHE KNOWLEDGE, the metronomic “endless straight” beat refined by the late Klaus Dinger in Neu! is now so accepted after use by Toy, The Horrors and more that it barely warrants comment. But it’s always worth hearing a spirited example of it, which is where this advance selection from Stephen McBean’s Pink Mountaintops comes in. An atypical track from new LP Get Back, which mainly immerses in ’80s alt-rock, Ambulance City is a pulsating powerdrive that slashes and burns its way upwards and beyond, with the hanging threat of hospitalisation. The below clip, which looks like it was filmed econo in someone’s basement, features Black Mountain man McBean and his sometimes-masked band of various members of Dead Meadow and Delta 72 playing to a rotating red light and mild strobing, with the letters ‘PMT’ taped on the bass skin. Watch for splinters of McBean in a Genesis P. Orridge-style nurse outfit, possibly drinking spirits.
Get Back is out on April 28.