Seriously strange Chicago art-rock outfit Ono had been at it since 1980, though after releasing their album Ennui in ’86, the group went silent for decades. It could’ve stayed that way if Reader contributor Steve Krakow hadn’t reached out to a couple founding members—bassist-percussionist P. Michael and front man-slash-performance artist Travis—for his Secret History of Chicago Music strip back in 2007; that year Ono went on to play Krakow’s Four Million Tongues Festival with the End of the World Band. It eventually led to Ono releasing its third album, Albino, on Halloween 2012 through Moniker Records—at the same time Priority Male reissued the group’s 1983 debut, Machines That Kill People.
Priority Male’s preparing a reissue of Ennui, but before that comes out Moniker is dropping another new Ono album, Diegesis; it doesn’t come out till next Tuesday, but the Reader is premiering the entire record. Cave band leader Cooper Crain produced the album, which has some brooding, noisy art-funk that can put you in a trance. I’m particularly taken with the primitive industrial percussion and bulbous bass line on “BLACK POWER.MOVE” and the slow, heavy take on Jimi Hendrix’s “Burning of the Midnight Lamp,” which ends with a rush of noise that sounds like a gospel choir emerging from a mud pit. Stream Diegesis below and preorder it at Moniker’s website or Bandcamp page.