An album that makes you grateful God invented home recording equipment
The experimental rock label Holy Mountain, now based out of Portland, continues its high success rate with the Zomes 'self-titled debut. A solo project from Asa Osborne (the guitarist for Lungfish), this is the kind of music that makes you totally grateful that God (or that other one, whichever) created inexpensive home recording equipment. These often-distorted instrumental numbers are all meditative and droney and looping (though not looped — if any of this hissy stuff was made with ProTools, I'd be very surprised). Fans of both repetition rock (Om, Oneida) and half-baked outsider-ish lo-fi music (Phoaming Edison, Daniel Higgs, Pumice) will find much to jump with joy for here. There's a pop sensibility at play which helps make this ideal road trip music for those not bothered by alternate fidelities. Music nerds, please imagine a precise meeting point between Richard Youngs circa his Advent LP and Pell Mell circa their first SST recordings. The rest of you can just enjoy the hell out of this work of understated drone-rock.