NOMO Invisible Cities
- Words: Luciana Lopez
- Label: Ubiquity
- XLR8R Rating: 7/10
Dumpster diving pays. Producer Warren Defever (of His Name is Alive) used street-sweeper tines and donated hardwood scraps to create kalimbas used throughout this sister album to last year’s Ghost Rock. While the word funk often conjures up images of Daptone-style revivalism, NOMO requires an adjustment of definitions. Yes, NOMO is funky—check their Afrobeat-inspired groove and tight horns—but they’ve got the experimentation of electronic music and the exploratory restlessness of jazz, creating an unfolding sense of discovery. There’s broad range here, with tracks leaning toward jazz (“Invisible Cities”), funk (“Waiting”), and just plain loveliness (the flute-laced “Crescent”), although it’s fair to say that no song here is simply one thing. Scraps, fashioned into something much more.
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