Local Angel
Local Angel Original.jpg
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
Length 47:37
Label Duna, Heavy Psych Sounds
Producer Brant Bjork & Tony Mason
Brant Bjork chronology
Keep Your Cool.
Local Angel
Saved By Magic
Alternative Cover
Local Angel Reissue.jpg

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.

Background[edit | edit source]

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.[1] 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.[2]

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.[3]

Tracklist[edit | edit source]

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)

Personnel[edit | edit source]

  • Brant Bjork - All Instruments, Vocals, Producer, Layout
  • Tony Mason - Engineer, Mixing
  • Mathias Schneeberger - Mastering
  • Mister Cartoon - Artwork (Original)
  • Cale Bunker - Layout

External Links[edit | edit source]

References[edit | edit source]

V·T·E Brant Bjork
Solo Albums JalamantaBrant Bjork & The OperatorsKeep Your Cool.Local AngelSaved By Magic (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Tres DiasSomera Sól (As Brant Bjork & The Bros) • Punk Rock GuiltGods & GoddessesBlack Flower Power (As Brant Bjork & The Low Desert Punk Band) • Tao of The DevilMankind WomanJacoozziBrant Bjork
Other Solo Releases SabbiaFalling To SpaceEurope '16
Fu Manchu No One Rides For FreeThe Action Is GoJailbreak / Blueberries & ChromeGodzillaEatin' Dust(Godzilla's) Eatin' DustKing Of The RoadCalifornia Crossing
Kyuss Sons of KyussWretchBlues for the Red SunWelcome to Sky Valley
Mondo Generator Cocaine RodeoA Drug Problem That Never ExistedUse Once and Destroy Me Tour 2003I Never SleepAustralian Tour EP 2008
Other Associated Bands and Selected Releases The Desert SessionsVista ChinoPeaceChéSounds of LiberationFatso JetsonSolarfeastGossamerBalls For Days
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