Monday, May 11, 2009

Naam - Kingdom


Naam
Kingdom
Tee Pee

Brooklyn never seemed like a likely place for good stoner rock to me. It always seemed too…urban, too much concrete and steel to get really psychedelic. Yet, that assumption has been disproven time and time again, most recently by Naam. The trio lay on the acid-soaked sludge like molasses over pancakes, never letting the inherent sweetness get lost in the gruel. Vocals swirl in and out more like spirits in the night than earthbound humans, while the tempos meander with purpose. Kingdom is an EP, but thanks to Naam’s senses of melody, arrangement and commitment, its brevity is unlikely to leave anyone feeling cheated.

- Michael Toland

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