Most notorious for the heavy psyche-rock of Black Mountain, Stephen McBean is gearing up to release the 3rd album with his mellower side project, Pink Mountaintops. Outside Love will be released by Jagjaguwar on May 5. I haven’t really spent a great deal of time with either band, for one reason or another, but after spinning “Vampire” for the better part of the evening I think that’s about to change big time. McBean’s vocal is completely disarming, whether alone or backed by a soaring choir on the song’s back half, and gives the song its emotional center. From that to its beautiful acoustic guitar/string section combo to the heart-stopping choir to the stop-everything-and-listen-close lyrics (“you can’t kill the heart of my love”) - this is a damn near perfect song. Listen.