Omar Apollo | Ivory Review
By Bea Willis
Omar Apollo is an alternative R&B singer that hit the scene in 2017. He is now releasing his long-awaited album called Ivory. The 24-year-old singer has collaborated with Daniel Caesar and Kali Uchis. His album features sixteen tracks adorned with simple instrumentation and multiple vocal layers. The songs range in topics from queer love to breakup blues, all colored with a nice mix of genres and feels.
“Talk” has a strumming guitar part with light drums that present a soft rock feel. Apollo’s vocals are enjoyable as his tone is warm and emotive. However, the voice productions in some sections are not as clear as they could be; blurring his voice does not make it unique; his natural voice is much fuller and more inviting. Nonetheless, this is still a fun listen.
“Go Away” brings in nostalgic sounds of 90s R&B and pop-rock. His sultry vocals are beautifully layered and show his impressive vocal range and precision. Here the production shows he is in touch with his generation and reflects the contemporary R&B sounds.
Ivory is jam-packed with catchy melodies and lyrics. Apollo shows a range of moods and styles; though most of the album is gentle and sultry, there are moments of upbeat and hard-hitting sections to even the flow. Ivory is a solid first outing and continues to gather momentum for his career, which is just now blossoming on its journey to success.
Release Date: April 8, 2022
Label: Warner Records
About the author
With an unwavering passion for music that began at the tender age of five, I embarked on a journey of self-expression through the piano, later expanding my repertoire to the guitar and the art of singing. As a seasoned performer in cozy coffee shops and harmonious choir ensembles, I've immersed myself in the diverse tapestry of musical genres, seeking to uncover the intricate qualities that strike a chord within our souls.
Beyond my personal experiences, my journalistic pursuits have led me to explore the stories and inspirations behind the melodies we hold dear. As a music journalist, I aim to delve into the heart of each composition, shedding light on the creative minds that have shaped the soundscape of our lives.
In my downtime, you can find me serenading my loyal canine companion with heartfelt tunes on the guitar or indulging in retail therapy to enhance my ever-growing wardrobe. Songwriting holds a special place in my heart, and I yearn for the day when I can share my creative talents with the world. Until then, my passion for uncovering the emotional power within music continues to drive my insightful reviews and analyses, as I journey through the rich landscape of melodies that move us.
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