Ohmme – Parts (album review)

by Woody on August 21, 2018

Photo Credit: Maren Celest

Be The Cowboy by Mitski has been getting loads of well-deserved coverage. One of the major reasons why that album has resonated with me is that it pushes me out of my comfort zone a bit and challenges me. The Chicago duo of Macie Stewart and Sima Cunningham, otherwise known as Ohmme, have done the same way with their debut LP, Parts.

While this may be their debut, Stewart and Cunningham are entrenched in the Chicago scene. The talented duo of classically trained musicians have created a wildly creative and varied album. As Cunningham put it, “The band started because we knew we could sing well together and we wanted to make some noise with the guitar,”

At every turn, they seem to be pushing the envelope. And at every turn, they seem to be up to challenge. Icon opens the album up, sounding like Lucius covering old Dirty Projectors tunes. I don’t even know how to describe Water. If you described this tune to me, I’d probably have said no thanks. Yet, I can’t stop humming that punchy guitar lick. Peach is just brilliant, 3 minutes of off-kilter arty noise-pop. Towards the back-end, Left Handed is one of the more straight-ahead tunes on the album, which belies the message of the tune, individuality.

The initial allure of Ohmme are their lovely harmonies. And while those are lovely, it is their vision and execution that makes them one of the most exciting young bands around right now.

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