“Sleek, soulful, heartache-infused love songs” NPR
“A triple threat of an artist with plenty to offer” Pitchfork
“Lovelorn songs that reconcile the sultry sounds of D’Angelo, Prince, and Frank Ocean with Mexican soul and traditional corridos” Rolling Stone
Omar Apollo, one of the most talked-about new artists of the last couple of years, returns today with the release of his new song ‘Stayback‘; and the accompanying music video. The first single from his forthcoming project, the track is a self-produced and self-written song recalling the woozy, soulful side of the Parliament-Funkadelic collective. Only having released one other song all year, Omar emerges from a deeply creative period ready to deliver on the promise displayed across his early releases. Listen HERE, watch HERE.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Apollo says: “Stayback is a song about being in love for a long period of time. After years of being hurt emotionally, I moved on and decided to treat the relationship as a memory instead of fantasising it and trying to make it work. When I finished the production, I realised this was the song that I’ve been wanting to make my entire career. My guitar player Oscar killed the solo on it and really brought the whole thing together.”
Since his 2018 critically-acclaimed debut EP Stereo, Omar Apollo has continued to ascend as an undeniable talent to watch, becoming one of today’s brightest breakout stars. Last year he released his second EP Friends, and Rolling Stone named him an Artist You Need To Know, Pitchfork featured him as a Rising artist, he made his late-night television debut on Late Night with Seth Meyers, and he had two headlining North American tours which included stops at Tyler, The Creator‘s Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival and Tropicalía Festival. He was also part of YouTube‘s Foundry International artist development program, with past alumni including Cuco, ROSALÍA, Gunna, Chloe X Halle, and Dua Lipa. In late 2019, he released a pair of singles with Kenny Beats – ‘Frio‘ and ‘Hit Me Up‘ – the former showcasing Spanish lyrics and playing off of Dembow music, the latter of which featured Dominic Fike. More recently, he released ‘Imagine U‘ which was also co-produced by Kenny Beats and was described by Uproxx as “an alluring, melodic anthem about modern heartbreak.”
‘Stayback‘ by Omar Apollo is out now, buy/stream it here.