Queen Elephantine – Scarab (2013)

I’m getting the most incredible Om-meets-Earth vibe off these guys. If that fact alone doesn’t make you want to check ’em out, then let me tell you a little bit more about Queen Elephantine. Interestingly, the band are from Hong Kong but are now located in New York City and Scarab is their 4th record.

Crawling around behind the abstract sleeve art is a minimalist yet lush soundscape consisting mainly of vast instrumentation – be it conventional or otherwise – led by a rumbling bass and twinkling sitar. These landscapes of aural annihilation are dotted with sparse, achingly melodic vocal passages. From the 8 minutes of “Veil” to the 18 minutes of “Crone” and the two other epics alongside them, Queen Elephantine put on an extremely impressive show into the experimental side of the doom / stoner genres (although it almost feels criminal to restrict the band to such titles). Crawl with the scarab…