"Disgusted by the absence of Heavy Psychedelic Rock'n'Roll, we create a deafening sermon to give civilization a new beginning. The mighty sea cannot devour us, the darkest cave cannot hide us. We will defeat invincible enemies. We're at war. We are peace. We are space and time. We are infinite. We're Naam." Big words - and nothing behind them? On the contrary! After their 2009 debut album and two EPs (2009 and 2012), Naam has a big hit with "Vow". The martial character of the band motto can be seen in the quartet from Brooklyn, New York. Because the almost 38 minutes of "Vow" are ripped off, well-hung, dirty psychedelic. In a word, cool. But those who expect only crashing guitars, some crooked sounds and massive drums are wrong. Of course Naam fulfill these expectations (or: these wishes?) in songs like "Pardoned Pleasure" and the crisp "On The Floor". Also in "Vow" or "Midnight Glow" it gets really violent. But these two tracks offer much more: lots of spacey synthesizers and alienated, echoing vocals remind us of Hawkwind's best spacer rock times. The innumerable organ solos come completely earthed. Naam are not embarrassed about catchy melodies either. There are also surprises: "Beyond" begins as the cover of Pink Floyd's "One Of These Days" (the bass), but then turns into an ACapella vocal and ends in a pathetic anthem. In Brightest Sight, the organ sounds like J.S. Bach. In "Adagio" the piano imitates a few raindrops before the song becomes quieter and quieter. What more could you ask for?
Top track: Beyond