Boomkat Product Review:
What a pleasant surprise?! Peter Zummo presents Optimo Music with his first release of new music since 1999 - a follow-up to their reissue of Zummo With An X - comprising eight “possibilities of nonsensical and non-emotive lyrics” framed by his patented, airy style of downtown post-minimalism (plus a whole lot more).
Dress Code (Don’t Look at my Car) reprises the laid-back, free-floating structures of his esteemed early work, often in conjunction with Arthur Russell (he played on Kiss Me Again, Corn, Another Thought a.o.), in eight live recorded and over-dubbed parts taking the choicest morsels of performances by his pals, including Ralf Cumbers (Bass Clef), as well as Optimo's Keith McIvor on turntables, to subtly render the infidelities and pathos of live, instrumental expression.
Those parts were subsequently subsumed into a greater whole, ranging from the rippling tabla and stoned trombone lead perfused with mumbled harmonies in The Tape Is Chill, or stepping like some Count Ossie and The Wareikas joint on Well Let Me Say Something, thru to lite jazz funk in Do You Know What To Wear Do You Know, and one stomping head-spinner in Well Let Me Tell You Something.