Hang on. I was thinking that Omni only released a new album earlier this year when in reality Multi-Task came out in 2017. How time flies when you are enjoying yourself.  Networker is their third album and their first since signing for Sub Pop. Theirs is a taut and wiry sound with nods back to Gang of Four and fellow Georgians Pylon and they have an ex Deerhunter in guitar ace Frankie Broyles. Networker turns up the 'fi' on their twisty turny sound but retaining the catchiness and freshness of their earlier work. 

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Networker by Omni
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7/10 Will 31 October 2019

CAUTION: I am about to use all my post-punk words. My regular readers will recognise them from past post-punk reviews. You know what they are. 

'Networker' by Omni is a taut (clang), tight (clang) exploration of new wave, proto-punk, and post-punk. The album trips along at a fair old pace, all angular (clang) dynamics and bone-dry production. It's not a flashy album but it's got hidden qualities. The songs are beautifully written and the interplay of bass and guitar is often hypnotic in the way they overlap and cycle back on themselves. These simple, sparse arrangements bely a far more developed, nuanced vision. 

This album appears to worry and gently disrupt the conventions of post-punk. I like how the vocals don't follow the usual anxious, yelpy, post-punk template. Singer Philip Frobos shares some tonal and delivery qualities with Galaxie 500's Dean Wareham. He sounds sweetly gawky but not in an affected way. The vocals are far more melliflouous than we're used to hearing in modern post-punk. The tinkle of honkytonk and the toy keyboard line on 'Present Tense' add another sonic dimension to this album. 

So, although I was expecting to use all my post-punk words I only used a few, there are a few more at the bottom if you'd like them. 'Networking' is a really confident development of Omni's own brand of post-punk. I'm looking forward to hearing what they do next. 

 

- skeletal
- frantic / frenetic
- boistrous 
- wiry




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