Release Date: Sep 22, 2017
Record label: Trouble In Mind
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Garage Punk, Indie Rock
Multi-task couldn’t be a more perfect name for OMNI’s sophomore LP. This Atlanta, GA band’s newest effort, following its 2016 debut Deluxe, is the musical and lyrical equivalent of everything happening at once. With newly sharp production and even jerkier guitars than before, guitarist (and former Deerhunter member) Frankie Broyles, bassist/vocalist Philip Frobos and drummer Doug Bleichner create hectic but contained collages of young, restless, lonely, and broke twentysomethings overextending their way through life. Multi-task makes its themes—both sonic and lyrical—apparent in its first 15 seconds.
Halfway through “Southbound Station,” the opening song on Omni’s second album Multi-task, bassist Philip Frobos sings, “I’m just waiting on the vibration.” He’s talking about a text message he’s expecting—definitely not about his group’s music. This Atlanta, Ga. trio never hesitates to get things moving. Their sound is all quivers and shakes and spasms, filled with wiry guitar chords, nervy basslines, and jolting beats.
Atlanta trio Omni release Multi-Task barely a year after their debut, Deluxe. That album was a dissonant bliss bomb, a discharge of energy and direction that befits the gilt-edged sharpness of Ought or Protomartyr but without the gurning nihilism, that matches the smartarse pop of Parquet Courts without intellectualising everything. It made an impression.