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Ombre: Believe You Me

Last Updated 9/29/2012 1:49:57 PM

By: Holly Henschen


Believe You Me

(Asthmatic Kitty)

Many people fear change. Lucky for the adventurous listener, Ombre don’t fall in that camp.

Ombre, the band and the record, pairs Juliana Barwick and Helado Negro in a chill-out fantasy. Believe You Me encapsulates an elegant jumble of horns, strings, and percussion as a rich backdrop to Barwick’s angelic vocals. Helado Negro pitches in some crooning en Español. The story goes that he came across her on MySpace (this was in 2009, okay?), then ended up on the same tour a year later before improvising this record in his studio. Now they’re best friends forever.

Innovative as all get out, Believe You Me sounds like B-sides of Omar Rodriguez Lopez albums mixed by Devandra Banheart with Disney’s Fantasia playing during the production process. There are some light Radiohead-ish sequences and samples on “Sense” and a thread of Sigur Ros’s ethereal echoes strung throughout the album. Ombre is light, smooth and gauzy. Although half the tracks are written in Spanish, you don’t need to understand the lyrics to appreciate the stylistically sonic dovetail of Believe You Me.

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