Album cover for the Duna version.
Album cover for the Heavy Psych Sounds Reissue is below.
|Studio album by Brant Bjork|
|Released||August 10 2004|
|Recorded||6 - 15 February 2004 at Rancho de la Luna in Joshua Tree, California, USA|
|Genre||Stoner Rock, Desert Rock, Folk, Acoustic|
|Label||Duna, Heavy Psych Sounds|
|Producer||Brant Bjork & Tony Mason|
|Brant Bjork chronology|
| Keep Your Cool. |
| Local Angel |
| Saved By Magic |
Local Angel is the fourth solo album by desert rock musician Brant Bjork. Compared to previous works it would prove to be his most laid-back and intimate release at the time, focusing on acoustic works and simple melodies. Reception of the album was generally positive though some fans were perplexed.
Local Angel was originally released on 10 August 2004 as the fifth (CD) and sixth (LP) releases on Brant's Duna imprint.
Originally work began on Local Angel in 2001 when Brant recorded songs on his four-track in 2001. In 2003 Bjork would work with Dave Catching and Molly McGuire to record a full version of the album in a similar style to Brant Bjork & The Operators. However Brant felt a lot of the intimacy was lost with the re-recordings and eventually opted to record the album in the minimal style similar to the demos in early 2004. The 2003 sessions have never been released. According to a 2004 interview with Stonerrock.com the album itself was almost not released at all due to the album's themes reflecting Bjork's personal inner conflicts and being "insecure" about the material.
Released on Duna Records on CD and LP initially, the original release is long out-of-print. On 2 July 2018 it would be announced that Heavy Psych Sounds would begin a reissue campaign of Brant Bjork's solo albums starting with Tres Dias and Local Angel. Set for a 28 September release, the record would feature new artwork on CD Digipak and Black Vinyl. Limited vinyl variants would include 30 Test Pressings, 600 on Orange/Blue and 250 on Three-Stripe Red/Blue/Orange.
NOTE: Tracks 11 and 12 are both omitted from the LP release due to time constraints.
- 1. Beautiful Powers (3:25)
- 2. Hippie (5:35)
- 3. Chico (3:51)
- 4. The Feelin' (4:38)
- 5. Bliss Ave. (4:35)
- 6. Fly To Haiti (3:15)
- 7. You're Alright (3:36)
- 8. Spanish Tiles (2:13)
- 9. She's Only Tryin' (4:30)
- 10. The Good Fight (4:14)
- 11. Hey Joe (5:49) (Billy Roberts)
- 12. I Want You Around (1:56) (Ramones)
- Brant Bjork - All Instruments, Vocals, Producer, Layout
- Tony Mason - Engineer, Mixing
- Mathias Schneeberger - Mastering
- Mister Cartoon - Artwork (Original)
- Cale Bunker - Layout
- ↑ Stonerrock.com via Wayback MachineAccessed 13 July 2018
- ↑ Stonerrock.com via Wayback Machine
- ↑ The Obelisk
|V·T·E Brant Bjork|
|Solo Albums||Jalamanta • Brant Bjork & The Operators • Keep Your Cool. • Local Angel • Saved By Magic (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Tres Dias • Somera Sól (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Punk Rock Guilt • Gods & Goddesses • Black Flower Power (As Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band) • Tao of The Devil • Mankind Woman • Jacoozzi • Brant Bjork|
|Other Solo Releases||Sabbia • Falling To Space • Europe '16|
|Fu Manchu||No One Rides For Free • The Action Is Go • Jailbreak • Godzilla • Eatin' Dust • (Godzilla's) Eatin' Dust • King Of The Road • California Crossing|
|Kyuss||Sons of Kyuss • Wretch • Blues for the Red Sun • Welcome to Sky Valley|
|Mondo Generator||Cocaine Rodeo • A Drug Problem That Never Existed • Use Once and Destroy Me Tour 2003 • I Never Sleep • Australian Tour EP 2008|
|Other Associated Bands and Selected Releases||The Desert Sessions • Vista Chino • Peace • Ché • Sounds of Liberation • Fatso Jetson • Solarfeast • Gossamer • Balls For Days|