Omar Bowing - 'Sonus Republic'

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.

In this afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we revisit Omar Bowing, an artist we’ve highlighted here on the site several times since 2015. His unique style of rock and roll is wholly unique unto itself, created in part by the musician tuning all of his instruments to 432 Hz, a technique he argues creates “a more natural harmonic.” To perform that kind of music, he often dons a “guitarviol,” a hand made hybrid between a guitar and a bowed string instrument. Bowing’s got a new single out called ‘Sonus Republic.’ Is it worth a spin? Let’s find out!

‘Sonus Republic’ is a hard rock track that dabbles in some metal musings, something that’s very reminiscent to both ‘Amen’ and ‘Creature,’ the two other tracks we’ve dug into here on the Spotlight. This new single is much more upbeat, however, offering an explosive soundscape jam-packed with lyrical intensity, thunderous drums, and searing guitar.

There are a lot of intriguing lyrical themes at play in ‘Sonus Republic.’ “Progressive intellect dominance / fight all justice negligence / respect others pays off,” the lead vocalist sings in the first verse, perhaps alluding to the current political climate of much of the world. There also seems to be a commentary on greed at play, with hooks like “gold, we save it all / gold, we are here for more.” The song closes out with a call to action: “equality, values, join us, lives, loud, we’re liberty.”

Musically, ‘Sonus Republic’ is a compelling effort, as I’d expect from Bowing. Even though it’s wrapped in a heavy rock presentation, ‘Sonus Republic’ has all sorts of intricacy, like the random, but oddly fitting classical guitar interlude around the two minute mark. Bowing is on guitar and guitarviol for the number, with Tyson Yen on vocals, Martin Motnik on bass, and Tim Horsley on drums.

‘Sonus Republic’ seems to have some of the trappings of a political protest, but it’s never overly explicit about what it’s in opposition to. That may be a good thing: it’s well written, and could be applied to a bevy of situations. Hard rockers in the indie community owe it to themselves to give Bowing’s new tune a spin.

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