The DVD included with Omns, his second album for Kranky, shows how Lowe makes it happen in concert. Footage recorded live at Chicago's Empty Bottle is intercut with scenes shot in a forest; appropriate enough considering that Lichens sometimes sounds like a field recording of some Earth-worshiping pagan cult ritual, or perhaps a séance. But it's easy to forget about that stuff when just listening to Omns, which is richer than the 2005 Lichens album The Psychic Nature of Being. Lowe does a nice job of varying his palette, mixing up the tone and timbre of the tracks to stay down in a certain groove while avoiding monotony.
Like a lot of his ambient peers, Lichens both suffers and benefits from a remarkable sense of sameness. These soft tones wave like flags in a light breeze, a single fabric in constant gentle flux. The result is at once cool and becoming, inviting but diffuse.
Album · 2007 · 5 Songs. See All. The Psychic Nature of Being. Young Mountain. This Will Destroy You. White/Lichens.
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Brent Dunn - Portraits Jeremy Lemos - Engineer, Mastering, Mixing Lichens - Primary Artist Robert A.A. Lowe - Group Member, Layout Design Donny Mahlmeister - Mixing Todd Mattei - Editing Craig S. McCaffrey - Layout Design Shelly Steffens - Engineer, Mixing