[image-4]Published September 18, 2008.
The Halls of Medicine
Omon Ra's first album on Fixture Records, The Halls of Medicine, sounds as if it was recorded inside an astronaut's suit. Daniel Miller and Zachary Fairbrother's psychedelic folk is filled with contradictions, such as mixing Sonic Youth-inspired drone with lyrics that could come out of a Devendra Banhart songbook. There are subtly pretty moments, too, like the sparkly sounds on "Continued Use." The back-up vocals on songs like "Heavy Boots" conjure images of drugged-up kids' choirs, like the Langley School Music Project on peyote. "Lovebomb" is your chance to dance. This isn't always accessible pop but it's going somewhere.
---Sue Carter Flinn
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