Great lo-fi synths and a cool lazy voice welcome you on “O∆” (pronounce “Circle Triangle”), the latest release from NYC via San Diego-based artist London O’Connor. What was initially a demo on SoundCloud in 2015 was later re-worked with producer Vlado Meller and released on True Panther Sounds.

O’Connor doesn’t rap. He sings or speaks his lyrics but his music is closer to the lo-fi mellow indie pop genre Beck invented in the late 90s. He does bring street cred and rap skills on some of the tracks, like Natural, although his flow remains very slow and relaxed. One could ask if he’s even awake on some of parts of the record… On the first half of Survive, energy is low, but then it climbs up as he tries to reach high notes, in a clumsy way.

 

O’Connor isn’t as silly as Peter Sagar (aka Homeshake), but his music is in the same ballpark: simple, light, electronic, airy. Sometimes even almost childlike, like when he uses kids’ xylophone on the instrumental interlude 09 09 87 (Where Is Your Home).

In this interview for ROLI Creators, the 25 year-old musician explains how he functions and how he perceives his art.

 

He also brings way more emotions in his voice. Steal features a few verses where he gets carried away a bit, lifting the whole mood from the ground. London O’Connor can also nail great songs that instantly makes you move your hips, like the infectious Guts. The guy has it!

“O∆” is a great first album that showcases a very interesting musical talent. This young dude (he was 24 when the initial version came out in 2015), will need to be followed up on.

london o'connor

LONDON O’CONNOR
O∆
(True Panther Sounds, 2017)

-Genre: electro lo-fi hip-hop
-In the same genre as Homeshake, Gorillaz, Beck

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Mélomane invétéré et rédacteur agréé, Nicolas pratique la critique en mode olympique: il parle de tout, tout le temps, depuis 1991. Il a publié 4 500 critiques de disques et concerts dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Nicolas a publié "Les perles rares et les grands crus de la musique" en janvier 2013, un ouvrage de 1250 pages en deux tomes.