Already part of the LA ‘cool kid’ scene, rubbing shoulders with Brockhampton and the like, Omar Apollo’s not-quite-debut-album ‘Apolonio’ sees the Mexican-American artist establishing himself right up there with his famous friends. Oozing with charm and charisma, ‘Apolonio’ sees Omar delivering on all his early promise. Nodding to his heritage with bilingual bops, the project builds on his previous EPs ‘Stereo’ and ‘Friends’ as Omar effortlessly blends funky melodies, sultry hooks and yearning youthful lyricism. Teaming up with pals Kali Uchis on the mesmerising undulating ‘Hey Boy’ and Australia’s Ruel on the pulsating sizzler ‘Want U Around’, other highlights come on the shimmering soul-sounding ‘Useless’, which features The Strokes’ Albert Hammond Jr. Elsewhere Omar laments teenage infatuations on ‘Kamikaze’ - “I pull over, go to sleep, listen to classics / Think of you, and you and me, ‘cause I’m an addict” - and how far he’s come on ‘Dos Uno Nueve (219)’. A dazzling debut, ‘Apolonio’ finds Omar living up to the hype and then some.
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He’s also announced the deluxe version of ‘Ivory’.
With debut album ‘Ivory’ set to open him up to an even wider audience, Omar Apollo’s emotional storytelling and embrace of his Mexican-American heritage is breaking through to the R&B big leagues.
Conflating his electro-pop tendencies with the occasional stride of a campfire guitar, he turns everything he touches to glistening radio gold.
His debut album ‘Ivory’ lands next month.