Friday, October 14, 2011

IamOmni - Music

I went to the website for L.A. MC Omni, and was instantly impressed. Stark black, white and crimson, just like Matt Wagner's Grendel

I know he looks good, but trust me, he's bad.

Omni's hip-hop has always been very authentic. However, like all good artists he has a definitive style. Before I go on, I'd like to point out that the IamOmni's album cover looks like an aggressive version of the cover of Welcome to My Dream by MC 900 ft. Jesus.

Nope, that's not scary at all.

I'm not going to blog about MC 900 ft. Jesus right now except to say that his name is awesome. Plus, "Falling Elevators" is the kind of song you wish they'd play during the opening credits of a horror flick.

Omni's latest album, IamOmni, has quite a few songs that seem straight out of a big-budget, Hollywood action flick. His music drips with that particular distillation of cool which can only be cultivated in L.A. and he's delivered a solid LP.

Tricky, a hip-hop artist and producer who frequently rocks the U.K., has employed his veteran skills to give Omni's album a sterling production value worthy of any James Bond film.

I have to admit I really don't know what's going on here, 
but who cares, it looks cool.

There's a clean, ice-cold quality to Tricky's touch. "Murder Weapon" builds off of a familiar tune, "The Peter gunn Theme" and goes further, instilling the original theme with modern cinematic tension.

Even the video has a aesthetic drama to it.You can hear how IamOmni benefits from the UK producer's artistic influence.

Tricky has perfected this tone over the years. "Evolution Revolution Love" is a heavy slab of noir-hued, creeping hip-hop that benefits from all sorts of eerie energizing the song, including the vocals. 

The music video for the track is dark and a little dangerous, too. There's a particular shade to the urban night only film can capture.

The UK always gives us regular, high-voltage blasts of fresh musical influence to give America something new to rock to, from The Beatles, AC/DC, The Sex Pistols, The Who...

Oi! Oi! Oi!

All of this works because Omni delivers on the lyrics. He raps with empathy. He can deliver both honesty and dread, making this last YouTube treat, "Magic" dreadfully enjoyable to hear and watch.

Tiki Lewis has an achingly beautiful voice as well, and her own gorgeous vocals give "Magic's" scary night some silver moonlight.

For mysterious reasons modern scientists have yet to uncover,
Tiki Lewis tends to make everything wonderful.

The guitars in the song are tight and controlled. It's a scary, wailing dirge, the last sound you'd want to hear in a graveyard, but wicked cool for an October nightclub.

The music side of the Internet is a vast treasure trove of good music that you still must sift through to find something worth having. I got lucky. IamOmni is a diamond.

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