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Queen Elephantine 'Omen' (Psychedelic doom / drone)


Queen Elephantine. «Omen» 

With a fluid lineup and various experiments in approach,
QUEEN ELEPHANTINE is a nebulous worship of heavy mood and time. OMEN is the new
collection of old artifacts from the masters of dark psychedelia.
Collection of Tracks from 2007-2013. 


Over the
last eight or nine years, and whether they were
based at the time in New York, Hong Kong or
Rhode Island, Queen Elephantine have had a lineup
as fluid and shifting as their output itself, but they’ve
never lost sight of the experimental drive that seems
to be at the core of what they do. I’m not sure that
was ever the case so much as on their last full-length,
2013’s Scarab, a churning blend of drone, tonal
heft and ambition, but if it tells you anything about
the general ethic under which they work, their new
release, Omen, is billed as an EP and it’s 70 minutes
long. That’s how it goes. Omen, which is a digital-
only outing fostered by French label Atypeek Music,
collects previously unreleased tracks from the bulk of
Queen Elephantine‘s tenure: 2007 up through 2013
— presumably the Scarab sessions — and features
throughout its course no fewer than 14 players. It has
live stuff, it has drones, it has an abrasive side that
will test the limits of endurance, but the ability to
bring all these things together is what makes Queen
Elephantine who they are in whatever form they might
take. Available through most digital outlets via Aty-
peek Music (France). With a fluid lineup and various
experiments in approach, QUEEN ELEPHANTINE is a
nebulous worship of heavy mood and time. OMEN is
the new collection of old artifacts from the masters
of dark psychedelia. The retrospective 70-minute
“EP” is a haze-filled collage, a faded time-caravan
travelling through the collective’s 2007 roots in Hong
Kong to more recent American pieces. Remastered by
Mell Dettmer (Sunn 0))) & Boris), Omen weaves a vein
through the dynamic body’s numerous players and
instruments, through the dirtiest sludge and cleanest
drone meditation alike, illuminating the living, unifying
force at the core of Queen Elephantine.With only the
rare relief to be found, OMEN is a grueling, gutting,
soul-sapping experience. Enjoy. (The Obelisk)