Sometimes it’s good to just let the guitars take over. For Atlanta trio Omni, the power of six strings stems not from their ability to shred, but in their chances to shine. There’s a simple shimmer to the clean riffs of their second album, Multi-task, which was recorded in the woods but sounds like it was made in Devo’s basement. Singer and bassist Philip Frobos adds a wry delivery over the dry funk of Frankie Boyles’ guitar work (who also plays the tight drum patterns), which passes through winding lines and knotty clusters. With only one song crossing the three-minute mark, Multi-task is a burst of head-snapping glee. But it’s the subtle touches—ambient noise, layers of piano, the informality of Frobos’ vocals—that give the album an extra dimension. “You don’t think about the rules/You forgot them,” he sings on “Supermoon.” Omni certainly did.
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