Despite his insistence that he’s not “really” a drummer, drummer (no offense) Emil Amos seems to be engaging in some kind of longstanding drum-off with Zach Hill to see who can drum their way through the most side-projects and ultimately plant a flag at the top of Mount Snare. While the latter might be winning in terms of sheer numbers, it’s the former who’s exhibited more dedication to his respective projects.
In addition to the ongoing reunion of Sleep, and the recent news that Southern Lord is reissuing a deluxe edition of their album Dopesmoker, OM (which consists of Sleep’s Al Cisneros and Grails’ Emil Amos) have just announced the release of the band’s fifth proper album Advaitic Songs, due July 24 on Drag City as a double LP. Have you ever wanted to experience a Middle Eastern summer, but were too put off by the prohibition of alcohol and the possibility of kidnappings? Well, this seems to be your chance.
“Advaitic,” for the record, is a reference to a specific branch of Hindu philosophy that, among other things, rejects any separation between the self and the contents of the Universe. Supposedly, everything is an illllllussssssioooooonn, so feel free to check out the preview at the Chocolate Grinder, but be aware that you’re not actually checking it out.