Om Attack, Heavy Rescue (Innerspace) Om Attack are a four-piece (with myriad guests) band that plays in a textural, almost psychedelic, jamming style. They seem to be led by vocalist and multi-instrumentalist Peter Fuhry, who engineered and produced the recording as well as writing, sometimes with collaboration, all but one of the album's songs. The disc begins with an assortment of ethereal, chanting voices called "Carnivalis Om" before breaking into the album's first proper song, "Coffee Can Superman." After a few uncertain organ chords, drummer Frank Grau kicks in, followed in a few beats by bassist Joe Martinez (I'm still listening for vocalist/accordianist Cameron Ember). The most ear-catching sound in the mix, however, is Fuhry's voice, an odd, quavering falsetto that I find rather neat but could easily put off others. The song itself rules and grooves hard, with a very trashy, garage-y chorus that's goofily catchy. Over the piece's 6:00, the band pulls out all the right stops and keeps the listener glued to the edge of her or his earphones. A very successful introduction. Unfortunately, nothing else on the album seemed to grab me as much. Some of the more delicate songs, like "Perfectly Still," "Until," "Now-Anymore" and the almost-ambient "Harmonic" just didn't seem to fit quite right, and even more rhythmic full-band pieces like "Love, Here I Come" and "Become," while good, didn't really move me. On the other hand, I'm still not sure about songs like "Motivated" which has an odd 7/4 chorus that sounds cool one minute and dorky the next, depending on my mood. The album's 10-minute centrepiece, "Rescue," was a step in the right direction, giving more time to develop the intense mysteriousness and ethereal sounds only hinted at elsewhere on the album. I'd like to see an album of just rocking songs like "Coffee Can Superman," but this is still a quite decent album. Worth checking out, but I wouldn't dive for it unhesitantly. ~Jon Dharma Murphree
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