Bassist/vocalist for heavy music’s most methodical and verbose purveyors of polysyllabic lyrics, OM, Al Cisneros has just released a solo 7” on his own Sinai label (via Holy Mountain Records, the former home of OM). If you’ve immersed yourself in OM’s latest mystical, mantric, metal-free works, God Is Good and the Afro-Arabic-leaning Advaitic Songs, “Dismas” won’t come as too much of a surprise.
While the label copy implies that “it could be a tribute to Alice Coltrane's World Galaxy album in the form of a reggae 45”—a truly exciting prospect—“Dismas” strikes me as more of a languorously tense strain of the sort of lysergic dub coming from WordSound artists like Scarab, Equations of Eternity, and Qaballah Steppers in the ’90s. Whatever the case, Cisneros has created a real gem here. Various holy men intone god chatter (“The lord is the supreme reality/Om shanti shanti shanti,” etc.) over a sumptuous spread of resonant, sinuous bass peregrinations, vibraphone, cello (?), congas, and tablas. Everything is ergonomically optimal, precisely arrayed, and spiritually centered. The B-side, “Version,” is slightly slower and more spacious.
This 7 is ltd. ed. and sure to go fast, so if you’re an OM fan, you may want to act with utmost haste.
UPDATE: Holy Mountain has sold out of the single.
(Sorry, but there’s no audio or video available at the moment. You’re just going to have to take my word for this single’s greatness.)