Asa Osborne's had a busy few years. His band, the extremely influential, Baltimore-based post-hardcore troupe Lungfish, released an excellent album last year, but Osborne has mainly focused on Zomes otherwise, and the last two years in particular have been rather hectic for him - the release of his third studio album means he's put out five releases within two years. They've all been great, of course, but his work as Zomes comes across as particularly intriguing, throwing ambient, noise, pop and drone influences into the mix to produce an album which is meditative and spacious. In contrast to the 15 tracks that were included on its predecessor Earth Grid, Time Was opts for a more succinct approach with its eight songs.

The main difference between Osborne's previous material and his newest album is that Zomes isn't really a solo project anymore. He's expanded the live set-up to a trio, and the album itself is a collaboration between himself and a Swede known only as Hanna - one whom he met through a mutual friend. They have a genuine chemistry, with the haunting opener 'Loveful Heights' (sung by Hanna in her native tongue) proving just how well the two of them can work together. Despite the record's experimental origins, it's a rather accessible listen, with the plaintive, piano-driven pop sound of 'Silentium' allowing both Hanna's voice and Osborne's musicality to shine. The duo even go full-on pop on the infectious title track, which stands out from the rest of the record due to its surprisingly direct nature.

It soon becomes clear that eight songs is a little too short for a project as richly inventive as this, even if a song like 'Monk Bag' stretches to seven minutes. Whether Hanna becomes a full-time member of Zomes remains to be seen, but she definitely seems to be in for the long haul and will no doubt bring a new dimension to the band's live performances. Osborne, meanwhile is in a rich vein of form, with Time Was sounding like most focused Zomes album to date. Hopefully he can keep up this burst of creativity he seems to be going through at the moment - who knows, there may be even better albums in store.