“A universally appealing artist not be to grouped in with a niche new wave.” Pigeons & Planes
“sleek, soulful, heartache-infused love songs” NPR
“lovelorn songs that reconcile the sultry sounds of D’Angelo, Prince, and Frank Ocean with Mexican soul and traditional corridos” Rolling Stone
Omar Apollo is heading to Australia for the very first time. In addition to the already announced Laneway Festival dates, Omar Apollo today announces his debut headline shows in Sydney and Melbourne, presented by Astral People, Handsome Tours and Laneway Presents. Support will come from the 19-year old R&B singer/producer, Stevan. Hailing from Wollongong, Stevan made his incredibly strong debut with his single ‘Timee‘ and follow up ‘LNT‘ showcasing his lush, soulful vocals and woozy pop undertones.
Along with the news of his debut headline Australian tour, Omar Apollo is also excited to share new music. Today, he shares his Spanish debut ‘Frío’ produced by Omar himself and Kenny Beats. Listen HERE.
Although the Mexican-American artist has sung in Spanish before, the new track is the first entirely in his native language and the first specifically steeped in Latin culture – fusing his signature heart-wrenching R&B with a sultry dembow rhythm. The result is an infectious anthem simultaneously fit for dancing at the club or crying in the bedroom.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Omar says: “This was the first song I made fully in Spanish. I was in my hometown for my brother’s wedding, and I was at the attic where I used to live with six other people and where I used to record all of my early music. I was with my bassist Manny and my homie Tony and we just started making beats like we did back in the day. I got the verse and hook and then we stopped. Once I was back in LA I brought it to my homie Kenny Beats. The song is about not wanting to repeat the same cycle of emotions- but also about being stuck in that cycle too. Coming in and out of the cycle of a relationship.“
A 21-year-old first-generation Mexican-American singer from Indiana, Omar Apollo’s diverse background bleeds into his influences – from The Internet to Smino – to form his unique voice.
After introducing himself in 2018 with his critically-acclaimed debut EP Stereo, Omar has continued to ascend as an undeniable talent to watch. Pitchfork recently featuring him as a Rising artist and Youtube announcing him as part of this year’s Foundry international artist development program, with past alumni including Cuco, ROSALÍA, Gunna, Chloe X Halle, and Dua Lipa. From working at McDonalds and surfing Soundcloud in his spare time to releasing his first EP in two languages and attracting rave reviews from Pitchfork to The Fader, he’s had a big two years.
Omar Apollo made his late-night US television debut on Late Night with Seth Myers, where he performed an energetic rendition of standout track ‘Ashamed‘. Watch it back here.
OMAR APOLLO TOUR DATES
Supported by Stevan
Wed 29 Jan – Corner Hotel, Melbourne
Wed 5 Feb – Oxford Art Factory, Sydney