Sunday, July 29, 2007
OM - CONFERENCE OF THE BIRDS (2006)
OM consists of the legendary SLEEP's rhythm section: bassist/vocalist Al Cisneros and drummer Chris Haikus. This is an incredibly difficult band to describe, as most SLEEP devotees lose interest the moment they find out about the conspicuous absence of guitars. That lapse in judgment has cost a lot of people valuable exposure to some amazing music. Bass + drums + vocals + a bizarre avian fixation doesn't exactly sound like the recipe for a great rock record, but Conference of the Birds, OM's latest release, is new-millennium psychedelic at its absolute finest. The majority of "At Giza" recalls Barrett-era PINK FLOYD until it kicks in with overdriven bass power chords that would make Lemmy proud. "Flight of the Eagle" is a little more rockin', by OM standards, and somehow manages to stay fresh and entertaining for a whopping 17 minutes. While the format might strike the closed-minded G.O.M.E. visitor as potentially boring, nothing could be further from the truth. Conference of the Birds is, in fact, essential.
1. At Giza
2. Flight of the Eagle