If the mere mention of a 3 piece instrumental prog band featuring 2 bassists and a drummer isn’t enough to get your head turning, then I guarantee that after a few minutes of The Omnific’s new EP Kismet you will be hooked. For a long time.
The Melbourne trio blasted their way into the scene in November last year with their first ep, sonorous, establishing their signature sound and commanding prowess with many different styles of music, all of which has been further developed and refined in the last 12 months to deliver an EP that stands as a testament to their incredible skill.
Kismet is consistently surprising, from the opening track, Proem, with a defining djent feel through to the much heavier track, Ersatz, there is not a single dull moment to be found across any of the 8 tracks. The pure richness is almost overwhelming from the very start, but not in a way that feels heavy or oppressive, all you can feel is these incredibly intricate melodies that come across as grounded and strong yet superbly balanced against the other elements across the board. I was pleasantly surprised to hear both piano and some electronic elements mixed in throughout quite a few of the tracks, which despite some moments in which they feel a little overbearing, they compliment the tone of the songs beautifully.
If you have been following the band during the production process you would have seen their magnificent music video for Objets de Vertu which showcases how in control they are of the quite minimalistic aesthetic they have taken of across all of Kismet. Bright white walls clashing with the paint bursting up from the speaker cones is a sight to behold, and the clean colouring and excellent camera work compliment the jaw dropping track perfectly.
In my opinion the record’s title track earns its stripes as the album’s strongest offering delivering catchy riffs matched perfectly to the thundering breaks punctuated by an outro that I found absolutely irresistible. The track carries the spirit of the album, and if this is the level of musicianship we can be expecting in the future I am honestly excited to see what they can produce.
Also worth noting is the fantastic drumming across the entire ep, consistently complimenting the basses is no easy feat yet there is not a single moment where it is not driving the tracks to perfection. It isn’t often that you find a band that feels perfectly cohesive for an entire record, but after several plays I am still deeply impressed at how synchronised the trio are.
Overall Kismet delivers a simply stunning display of powerful music that one finds themselves swept away into. Deep, complex basslines are accentuated by crisp, effective drumming. The execution of every song nails the butterzone between feeling empty and cluttered leaving you often lost for words between songs. Surprisingly the production quality matches the quality of the musicians, every section is clear as a bell and despite the obvious challenges of only having bass guitars there isn’t a moment where you think “damn this could use a some guitar”, a true credit to the producers. Its almost too easy to get lost deep in the audio ecstasy being pumped though your speakers at every turn.
If there was ever any doubt that the Omnific couldn’t top Sonorous, it has been quickly cast aside. This record firmly plants them as a powerhouse of local heavy music and comfortably sits them with the likes of I Built the Sky and Sleepmakeswaves in terms of musical ability and spirit.