When talking or writing about new music these days, the word nostalgia seems to creep in without much consideration. When describing the sound of Omni, the hackneyed term seems inevitable. Yet their debut LP, Deluxe, does not reminisce the primary years of post-punk, but bridges the decades, resulting in a timeless collection of songs without imitation, pretension, and sentimentality.

The Atlanta trio comprised of Frankie Broyles (guitar), Billy Mitchell (drums), and Philip Frobos (bass/vocals), are currently touring North America. During their stop in Portland, we took them to Mississippi Records to have them discuss some of their favourite music, which proved to be a diverse selection of "oldies" but goodies.

All photos by Autumn Andel. We strongly suggest you check out Mississippi Records when you get a chance.

Shopping List

- Malia Jackson in Concert
- Willie Hutch - The Mack [buy]
- Captain Beefheart - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller) [buy]
- Chariots of Fire Soundtrack [buy]
- Nikki Sudden - Bible Belt [buy]
- Mariah - Utakata No Hibi [buy]

Billy: Malia Jackson in Concert: She's a soul singer I found out about because of Martin Luther King Jr. - this is his favourite soul singer. I used to read a lot about him, and I started to listen to her records because of him - like a classic, perfect gospel, soul singer. She was already up in her years before the Civil Rights Movement, but she was like MLK's go to singer. He loved listening to her.

Philip: Willie Hutch - The Mack: It's really good. It's got a song, 'I Choose You' - it's sampled in the UGK/Outkast song, 'Int'l Players Anthem'. This record is a soundtrack for the film, The Mack.

Frankie: Captain Beefheart - Shiny Beast (Bat Chain Puller): The song I really love on here is 'A Carrot Is Close As A Rabbit Gets To A Diamond'. My dad showed me Trout Mask Replica when I was a kid, and I did not understand it all. But I've grown to be a huge fan of Captain Beefheart, and it's one of my favourite songs of his.

Billy: Chariots of Fire Soundtrack: My dad is Scottish - he loves the movie, Chariots of Fire. We were listening to it all the time growing up. Seen the movie like over 100 times. We play the title track when we DJ every once in awhile, usually gets a pretty good reaction.

Philip: Nikki Sudden - Bible Belt: He was in the UK post punk band, Swell Maps. But this is like a really great, glam record that came after more of his punk stuff. It's great through and through. I discovered it through recommendations from this guy back in Atlanta. We used to work at Criminal Records. Swell Maps were kind of like cult, post-punk band out of England, but I feel like this solo work is overlooked. If you like T. Rex, Bowie... and there are even couple of songs that sound like The Specials.

Frankie: Mariah - Utakata No Hibi: This was reissued in 2015 (originally released 1983). I had heard about it because I found this album by Yasuaki Shimizu, and it was like a compilation of music he had composed for commercials on TV for various companies. And I really enjoyed that and through that, I found this record. I'm not exactly sure what his role was in it was, but I think he had a big part in it though. It's a beautiful record.