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Mainly Lanes
Oomami
(self-released)
www.mainlylanes.com


Fusing chamber pop with gypsy folk and acoustic rock, the quintet of Mainly Lanes sounds completely unconventional and yet melodically astute. The band's new CD Oomami shows swigs of avant-pop reminiscent of Rasputina in their track "Nails", blended with Americana rock hues reflective of Shelby Lynne in their number "Dead Body", and sprinting gypsy-flanged riffs akin to Shout Out Louds in "Preteen Fashions." Comprised of guitarist Alexander Lane, cellist Sharon Kalbacher, bassist Zoe Lane, drummer David Lane, and vocalist Toni Zaman, Mainly Lanes covers a wide stretch of folk music from rootsy stamped hooks to tribal textured rhythms and smoky blues-rock rustles. The album is a goulash of musical influences that somehow congeal to make for a broth of melodically groomed tunes ribbed in uncharacteristically complementing patterns.

The soft country overtones of "Move On" are lassoed in towering cello wails which transform into rows of orchestral-pitched tassels along "Denteen Ice" brushed by rippling drum strokes. The somber sound of the guitar chords in "Cave Dweller" have a tooling of sonnet-inspired cello slides, and the pivoting rhythmic grooves of "Global Warming" are grazed in cascades of shimmery guitar riffs. Everyone in the band has a chance to be in the forefront like Zaman's vocals in "My Hero" which has a folksy-bent relatable to The Corrs, and the burgundy toned reverberation of Alexander Lanes' guitar in "So Sad" which pervades a misty western-soul tone. The Spanish flavored beading on "Monks And Crossbones" has an undertow of ghostly vocal chants, and the springy tempo of "The Ventilator Song" is garnished in country folk trimmings.

Oomami is a listening album that should not be underestimated. The band's sound is original and melodically configured. They harmonize all four of earth's elements; coordinating the fluid motions of water with the alleviated mists of air, the sparkling cinders of fire, and the fleshy tones of earth to make for sonic equations that are quite appealing.

-Susan Frances

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