NOMOs influences are intensely varied. While its logical enough to detect Afrobeat in the stuttered drums of the Michigan six-piece, theres also Krautrock in the motoring basslines and jazz in the versatile trumpet and trio of saxophones. But thats only the beginning of getting your head around the band. Last years Invisible Cities NOMOs fourth album and its third for the California label Ubiquity exhibits such a kaleidoscopic collision of sounds that its more satisfying to let the music breeze past than try to deconstruct it. Still, there are unique earmarks on each track, such as the funk strut of Patterns, steel drums of Bumbo, and bamboo flutes of Crescent. Vibrant soloing is a constant, as is a thirst for the next well of inspiration. The players adopt even more of a party vibe live, breaking out three drum sets as well as custom-made electric kalimbas (African thumb pianos). Having provided backing live and on record for His Name Is Alive, whose Warn Defever is the bands regular producer, NOMO has seen its loosey-goosey range become second-nature. And as sophisticated as this music is on the surface, underneath its all sweaty, primal joy.
The Actors and DJ Omar Perez open.
Tue., Feb. 2, 9:30 p.m., 2010