Featuring former members of Deerhunter, post-punk outfit Omni hail from Atlanta, Georgia. The band combine über-precise beats and riffs with laid back Talking Heads style vocals. Recorded in the bands own practice space by Carnivores' Nathaniel Higgins, you can stay old school with the traditional black vinyl, or, for the more adventurous, why not try the purple?
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When a friend pleaded with me to go and see Women at the Brudenell Social Club a fews years ago I could have not had any inkling of the breadth of influence their short-lived career would increasingly have. It seems that Women/Viet Cong is the go-to influence for todays young guns - we’re already excited about Trust Punks debut out in a few weeks but in the meantime we can enjoy this debut by Omni who feature former members of Deerhunter. The press release manages to skilfully circumnavigate the most blindingly obvious influences but it's also true that you can hear echoes of Talking Heads, Pylon and Parquet Quarts in this highly strung, wired sound.
The production is deliciously lo-fi with the needle straying way over the red as the slender guitar lines dance around each other. ‘Wednesday Wedding’ is the early album highlight with Beefheart ish twisting guitars and boxy percussion setting the scene for a fantastic almost hum along chorus that finally arrives once the band have exhausted every other path they could take. Yes this is squiggly, wandering music that is sometimes improved when they decide to get to the point a little quicker. “Earrings” (is it me or are a long of things called earrings at the moment?) is the perfect example of how this band work. There are shards of brilliant pop at play in here but they go hither thither almost a little like early Scritti Politti while they were still coiled up like a tightly wound spring.
This is a fabulously enjoyable album that clatters along at breakneck speed - the band are full of ideas and if the lo-fi production often distorts whatever it is they have to say there are lovely spangling melodies galore and more twists and turns
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