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Zomes, Spires That in the Sunset Rise, Good Willsmith 

When: Tue., April 23, 9 p.m. 2013
Price: $10 suggested donation
Asa Osborne of Zomes approaches music repetition with a mixture of religious fervor and scientific curiosity. As guitarist for Baltimore band Lungfish, he helped mold the raw, angular posthardcore of the late-80s D.C. scene into hypnotic slow burners—the group succinctly described its sound with the title of its final album, 2005’s Feral Hymns. Lungfish is on indefinite hiatus, and Osborne has been making solo recordings as Zomes, releasing trance-inducing instrumental ambient tracks that sometimes sound like he played them on an 80s mini Casio synth with a banged-up speaker. The brand-new Times Was (Thrill Jockey) is the first Zomes release recorded in a proper studio (previously Osborne has mostly used a cassette deck) and the first to feature a duo lineup. Swedish singer Hanna (no last name please) alternates between English and Swedish, but some of her best performances use no words; on “Monk Bag” her enraptured gasps and pained incantations perfectly fit the dirgelike oscillation of Osborne’s distortion-damaged organ. The best moments on Time Was are when Osborne focuses on the transcendent power of repetition to the exclusion of everything else: the mantralike “Equinox,” for instance, has a lush and quiet synth melody so calming that it feels like steaming for an hour under a showerhead the size of a poker table. —Leor Galil Spires That in the Sunset Rise and Good Willsmith open.

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