Finding the space somewhere between Kelli Ali and Shirley Manson, Anjela Piccard hits the right notes for Black Needle Noise as they cover The Black Crowes’ “She Talks to Angels.”
The LA-based project, led by Piccard’s partner John Fryer, rarely takes on cover songs. This time, however, the prolific Fryer (best known for his studio work with Nine Inch Nails, Depeche Mode, Fad Gadget and Cocteau Twins) has hammered sheets of noise across the framework of classic rock.
The result is a sonic reconstruction of the track, mutated with the DNA of This Mortal Coil. “She Talks to Angels” might be about heroin use to cope with trauma, but the Black Needle Noise treatment is a cocktail that binds to every receptor. Where the original scratched the skin, this version sinks into your flesh and floods you with reverb.
It’s a designer drug, tailored for the runway and the highway. You can strut and steer under its influence, but remember: sometimes, the after effects never wear off.