2CD HMS 005
Number 499, Week44 reviewed by Frans
A long time after I lost my interested in cassette as an independent
medium I discovered the music of Clinton Williams, aka Omit. He had
then already released a bunch of lathe cut vinyl, regular vinyl and
even a three CD on my still favorite Corpus Hermeticum label, but
I went to great length getting some of his obscure cassettes releases.
Since some time either the flood has dried out a little bit, or perhaps
going past by me, without me knowing it. The material on Tracer
was released on CDR some years ago (recorded from December 2001 to
2002) by SySecular, but now saved from further decay, through a re-issue
on a real CD. If you could at it closely, it's hard to tell why Omit
makes great music. Using a blend of analogue synths, outdated rhythm
machines, effects pedals and tape-loops of concrete sounds, it's not
something that is exactly new. But there is a certain hypnotic quality
in Omit's music, even when some tracks are short (that's something
he seems to like: either short, sketch like tracks and sometimes very
long tracks, like the opening piece "Sequester"). The hypnotic
quality of the takes us back to the seventies psychedelic music, cosmic
music of that day, but then less smooth, more lo-fi and more raw.
The music here comes down to the listener as an extended flow (two
discs with 120 minutes of music - mind you), but best is to sit back,
relax and float downstream. Omit still crafts some excellent music!