Taking in The OM Sound‘s teaser The Tipping Point EP was foremost for me an invigorating lyrical experience. (The full-length LP has seven tracks, and can be found here.) This trio hails from Montréal, Québec, but went a long way to conceive their new musical baby, travelling to Nepal, India, and Australia, where the album was ultimately recorded with Steve Winton of Chasing Records. The journey also served as a learning experience in self-discovery. Needless to say, they put their hearts into this one, and their self-reflective journey shines throughout in the music.
First up was “Being Human,” which is a humbling track for those that are big on self-awareness. Of the three songs, this was the one I kept going back to listen to again and again. With its simple beat and light guitar strums, it had more of a hip hop feel to it. Vocalist and guitarist Orion Miller has a simple flow and delivery. Add keyboardist Marina Miller’s beautiful backing vocals, and this one was just gravy to my ears. I dug how they wove in the children’s classic “Row, Row, Row Your Boat” to serve as an analogy for grown-up living. At the 3:45 mark, the song makes a cool switch into a faster pace, with dueling vocals closing the track nicely.
The next two songs “Make Believe” and “Dynamo Of Volition” didn’t quite have the same impact on me musically, although after watching the live footage via their YouTube channel I could appreciate them way more. Both songs had a light pop feel to them, which wasn’t bad, it was just a sound I wouldn’t catch myself calling a radio station to inquire about if I heard it play. (Do people even do that anymore?)
That aside, back to those lyrics I mentioned – that’s what shines through again and again, making my complaint on being numb to the pop sound null. The well-thought-out words made me kind of happy, and the music didn’t distract me from the substance of the meaning. By the end of taking it all in, I’d dare liken Orion Miller to a Canadian version of Massive Attack‘s Robert Del Naja in terms of delivery and provoking self-reflection. Albeit, I didn’t get much of a trip-hop feel off them, but that’s a minor qualm, and to be just, I only heard a fraction of their music.
They’re an intriguing outfit, and I’m curious to hear more by them…if you appreciate a simple, laid-back sound which I’d say is in the vein of Bran Van 3000) check out The Om Sound. In their bio they refer to “peace through music,” and that’s exactly what they exude. I’d like to cap this off with some words I really dug from the song “Make Believe”:
“You’ve got two ears and one mouth so use them proportionately,
Every time you speak you’re distorting the story.
Information is a virus that spreads like wildfire,
Everyone wants to teach, to the prospective buyers.
Dig for the roots before you reach for the sky because there’s nothing in between except lies and lies and lies.
Everything you think that is real that you feel is.”
Written by Angie Radczenko
*edited by Kate Erickson