Despite reuniting in 2009, seminal stoner metal outfit Sleep haven’t recorded new music in 20 years. (Their last album, 2003’s excellent Dopesmoker, actually dates back to 1995/1996.) Today, as part of the 2014 installment of Adult Swim’s Singles Program, Sleep unveil their first original composition in some two decades with “The Clarity”.
The track itself is actually the first from the trio of bassist Al Cisneros, guitarist Matt Pike, and drummer Jason Roeder, who joined the band in 2010. Even if it’s technically a “new” band, they pick up right where Sleep left off: crafting dense, often murky metal, a colossal instrumental number that builds from staticky guitars and slow, lumbering drums into a sweltering cacophony of pulverizing metal. In an interview with NPR, Sleep offered contextual insight into the track:
NPR: I couldn’t help but notice “the” in this new song. Is “The Clarity” a lyrical follow-up to Dopesmoker?
Sleep: “The Clarity” is a lyrical follow-up to a lifetime of marijuana enjoyment.
Listen in below:
The Singles Program will continue each Monday for the next nine weeks and features new music from Run the Jewels, Mastodon, Deafheaven, Future, and more. Consult the full schedule below.
Week 8 (July 28th) – Future
Week 9 (August 4th) – Diarrhea Planet
Week 10 (August 11th) – Oozing Wound
Week 11 (August 18th) – Captain Murphy
Week 12 (August 25th) – Deafheaven
Week 13 (September 1st) – RP Boo
Week 14 (September 8th) – Mastodon [feat. Butthole Surfers’ Gibby Haynes]
Week 15 (September 15th) – Run The Jewels
Week 16 (September 22nd) – KA