Brooklyn’s Naam open their self-titled debut with “Kingdom,” a foggy, almost 17-minute extended bong wash that was five minutes shorter when it showed up on the Kingdom EP this past Spring: Think pre-God Is Good OM with a two vocalists and more hands. (They pilot the ship into darker waters by the end of the twisted, churning closer “Black Ice.”) Whatever the level of high, the heavy psychedelic trio drift regularly into echoed and sometimes Crimsoned-out excursions without losing momentum or their excellent vintage stoner doom groove. As they note in their Naam manifesto:
Beyond the conceptual physical language structure created by mankind, the definition of the name lies in internal rhythm, the internal sound that a man experiences. Those who embrace Naam have the key to the door of mysteries and miracles, as Naam exists in the Divine plane and shines through to the Physical plane, bringing healing and self-renewal.
Disgusted by the lack of heavy, psychedelic rock and roll, We deliver our deafening sermon to bring a new dawn for all civilization. The vast seas cannot drown Us, the darkest caverns cannot conceal Us, We will conquer insurmountable foes. We are war, We are peace, We are time and space, We are infinite, We are Naam.
(The 10-song, hour long collection was recorded on a 100-acre farm in Upstate New York, but you imagine they brought along their own crops.) Get into your most comfortable meditation pose and take off with the fiery “Icy Row.”
Naam – “Icy Row” (MP3)
Naam is out 10/20 via Tee Pee. If you’re in the NYC area, you can catch their record release show 10/11 at Europa with OM, Six Organs Of Admittance, and Lichens. You’ll see them in other parts of NYC in October, too:
10/17 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Charleston #
10/19 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop
10/22 – New York, NY @ Cake Shop (Tee Pee CMJ Day Party)
10/23 – Brooklyn, NY @ Union Pool (Tee Pee CMJ Showcase)
# w/ Iron Age
[Photo by Kimberly Brower]