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Alternative & Indie - Released July 8, 2016 | Trouble In Mind Records

It's no shock that a band made up of former members of Deerhunter and Carnivores would be good, since both those bands are. It's more of a shock just how good Omni is. With ex-Deerhunter guitarist Frankie Broyles and ex-Carnivores bassist/vocalist Philip Frobos writing a batch of songs that combine the best aspects of brainy, hooky bands like Josef K, Television, and Magazine, then recording them with another ex-Carnivore, Billy Mitchell, on drums, Omni's Deluxe is a stunning debut. Recorded in sparkling lo-fi by yet another ex-Carnivore, Nathaniel Higgins, the trio mostly sticks to the basic guitar-bass-drums-vocals setup as the album careens from one angular post-punk-rocker to another. Within the structure, they make sure to vary guitar tones, tempos, and moods just enough to make sure each song stands alone, while still being part of a tightly wound, carefully built 30-minute thrill ride of an album. They have a knack for crashing through the verses in a furious dash, then pulling back in the choruses to allow the sharp hooks to grab on tight. Tracks like "Wire" and "Jungle Jenny" sport snappy singalong choruses, though it might be better to keep quiet and just appreciate Frobos' pitch-perfect post-punk vocal stylings. The guitar intros and riffs throughout the album are all pretty sticky too, with Broyles adding just the right bit of bar-chord chop and arpeggiated jangle to the wiry rhythms. He even gets pretty wild and noisy at times, like on the frenetic "Slam." By the end of the record it's almost impossible not to be impressed at how well it all comes together, and the band's blend of Postcard pop, post-punk herky-jerk, and dork-pop scrappiness never sounds like some kind of cerebral nostalgia trip; it sounds totally fresh and alive. Thank their boundless energy, their hook-generating capabilities, and the tough, clear production. Credit Broyles' mastery with six strings and a reverb pedal or Frobos' snarky, keening vocals. Give Mitchell a hand for pushing the songs forward with just the right balance of muscle and restraint. Most of all, just be glad these guys all quit their musical day jobs and formed Omni, because they made one heck of a good post-punk-pop album together. ~ Tim Sendra

Alternative & Indie - Released September 22, 2017 | Trouble In Mind Records

Georgia trio Omni made a splash with their debut album, Deluxe, making fans of jittery Postcard-meets-post-punk-pop-with-very-sharp-hooks quite happy. Those fans will stay happy when giving the group's second album, Multi-Task, a spin. The group keeps things simple and similar. Using the same producer, Nathaniel Higgins, and the same studio, they vroom through 11 songs in less than half an hour with the same verve and imagination they did on their first record. The production is just a touch cleaner, with Philip Frobos' vocals clearer and more out front, and the rhythm section sounds a tiny bit tighter -- but those are upgrades, not issues. The slashing, spiky web of guitars is still intact, and Frankie Broyles gets the same basic sound while coming off more confident and powerful. Frobos' bass playing is sprightly, and when he and Broyles (doing double duty on drums) lock together it has the power of some of the best tandems in post-punk lore. The guys in Fire Engines or Josef K would be proud. Along with the small upgrades in sound and performance, the songs themselves are easily the match of those on Deluxe. The opening one-two punch of "Southbound Station" and "Equestrian" opens the debate with a resounding statement, the rambling "Choke" just about settles it, and the rest of the album follows up with one hook-filled gem after another. Some have sticky melodies; some have a brilliant confluence of guitar riffing, rhythm section bounce, and vocal swagger; and a few give the basic Omni formula a twist, especially the laid-back disco-funk of "Calling Direct," which sounds like a half-asleep Spoon (in a good way). Throughout the album, Frobos sings with a confidence he only hinted at on Deluxe, and Omni deliver the songs with all the punch of a band twice their size. They beat the tar out of the sophomore slump and come away with another instant classic album. ~ Tim Sendra