Omar Bowing - 'Creature'

Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.

Quite some time ago, I was introduced to the independent progressive alternative rock musician, Omar Bowing, with a single entitled ‘Amen.’ I lauded the piece as a “championing of meticulous recording and composition,” and I loved all of the fascinating elements Bowing has compiled together to craft a unique sound of his own. Now, Bowing is back with a new tune: ‘Creature.’ Does it stand as tall as its predecessor? What can you expect from this new release? Let’s dig deep into it and find out.

Very much in the fashion of ‘Amen,’ ‘Creature’ is another especially excellent production. The sonic landscape of the track is three and a half minutes of surprising intricacy and creative decisions. It’s most certainly fueled by a harder, alternative rock influence, but there’s so much more at play as well. Acoustic instruments, for example, pepper the landscape as harmonies rise and fall in a folk-esque way. ‘Creature’ reminds me of the grand, intense Celtic folk ballads.

Alongside that acoustic instrumentation, however, there is an expansive presentation of rock and roll with bass riffs, thunderous percussion, and the like. All of this is then tightly wrapped up in brief, but fairly effective lyricism. There’s a misanthropic attitude at play in the piece as Bowing muses about losing faith in the human race and society being inundated by selfishness and hypocrisy. Bowing also declares that “romance wins” at the end of the track, though, so there is a light at the end of his tunnel.

Some context to the track can also be lent by the music video, which is illustrated by a variety of original manga pieces of art. My only quip is that the art-style of the manga seems very out of place with its musical counterpart. The two just don’t meld very well. (But I do think the inclusion of so much original art is impressive.)

Omar Bowing continues to create authentic, worthwhile creations that are worth the time of any connoisseur of the independent music scene. ‘Creature’ is another solid chapter in his continuing creative journey. As always, I eagerly await whatever Bowing tackles next. The continuing experimentation and diversity of his music is most important; he can’t ever lose that.