Get SF Weekly Newsletters

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

What To Do? Tuesday's Pick: NOMO

Posted By on Tue, Feb 2, 2010 at 7:00 AM

nomo_cal_small.jpg
NOMO @ Bottom of the Hill
NOMO's influences are intensely varied. While it's logical enough to detect Afrobeat in the stuttered drums of the Michigan six-piece, there's also Krautrock in the motoring basslines and jazz in the versatile trumpet and trio of saxophones. But that's only the beginning of getting your head around the band.

Last year's Invisible Cities -- NOMO's fourth album and its third for the California label Ubiquity -- exhibits such a kaleidoscopic collision of sounds that it's 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 band's regular producer, NOMO has seen its loosey-goosey range become second-nature. And as sophisticated as this music is on the surface, underneath it's all sweaty, primal joy.


The Actors and DJ Omar Perez open for NOMO tonight at Bottom of the Hill (9:30 p.m., $10-$12)

For more entertainment options, check out our calendar picks.

  • Pin It

Tags: , ,

About The Author

Doug Wallen

Comments

Subscribe to this thread:

Add a comment

Popular Stories

  1. Most Popular Stories
  2. Stories You Missed

Like us on Facebook

Slideshows

  • clipping at Brava Theater Sept. 11
    Sub Pop recording artists 'clipping.' brought their brand of noise-driven experimental hip hop to the closing night of 2016's San Francisco Electronic Music Fest this past Sunday. The packed Brava Theater hosted an initially seated crowd that ended the night jumping and dancing against the front of the stage. The trio performed a set focused on their recently released Sci-Fi Horror concept album, 'Splendor & Misery', then delved into their dancier and more aggressive back catalogue, and recent single 'Wriggle'. Opening performances included local experimental electronic duo 'Tujurikkuja' and computer music artist 'Madalyn Merkey.'"