OHMphrey : Posthaste

So far, 2012 has definitely been an eclectic year musically with some amazing releases across virtually every genre that you can possibly think of.

Fitting squarely into the “progressive instrumental oddness” genre come the strangely monikered OHMphrey who are, apparently, a “jamband supergroup”. The lineup consists of various alumni of Umphrey’s McGee, bassist Robertino Pagliari and former Megadeth/OHM guitarist Chris Poland.

Posthaste sees the band indulging in some impressive instrumental meanderings across 7 new studio tracks and a couple of live bonuses (recorded back in 2009). If you’re not familiar with the band, they play what is, effectively, extended jams which take the listener on a wander through the band’s impressive (and impromptu) musical landscape with everything in a constant state of flux. It’s music that flows like a river, the speed and mood may change but it’s all going in the same direction.

There’s a lot to love here for fans of a more progressive bent with everything moving along beautifully, although the band do throw in the odd curve ball just to keep everything interesting. I particularly like the (occasionally odd) rhythms that are employed, and love some of the trippy synth lines that come to the fore from time to time.

There’s definitely not enough trippy synth about these days 🙂

This is an album where all the musicians are masters of their craft, and they all get a share of the time in the forefront, be it the epic guitar solo in Reggaelic or the “lead drums” in Ramona’s Car Wash. You get the feel that this is something that comes together in the studio, with everyone bringing their ideas then working through them until the final form is reached…

“Everybody contributed to these songs,” says six-string fretless bassist Robertino Pagliari, or Pag. “Once an idea popped out, it was like, ‘Oh, I have a melody…’ Or, ‘Oh, I have a rhythm part that works with that …’ These ideas just molded together, as if we had been working together forever, you know?”

And it all just kind of works. This is one of those strange (well, strange to review) releases where it’s difficult to do it justice, and although it will not be everyones cup of tea there’s really nothing much I can find fault with here.

It’s certainly well worth checking out.