LA Producer/Vocalist omniboi Announces ‘Panorama’ EP; Releases New Single “Ghost Town, USA”
September 29, 2023 BY Bailey Vigliaturo
Today, LA-based producer/vocalist/pianist omniboi announces Panorama, his debut EP with Nettwerk. The six-track EP is about the growth that can come from looking at situations from multiple perspectives, similar to how a panorama captures more than a still image. In doing this perspective-taking, Omni aspires to the ideal of “omnivision,” which he references in track two.
“[Omnivision] is the idea of having unlimited perspectives,” Omni explains. “It’s something we all wish we had, but we’ll never have. There will always be blind spots.”
Born Omni Rutledge, omniboi grew up in various parts of Arizona. He notes that many major bands skipped over Arizona entirely on their U.S. tours, which played a role in driving him to the margins of music; some of the first concerts he attended were warehouse and desert raves. From there, he began cultivating the sound that he refers to as “kawaii future bass mixed with jazztronica,” taking strong influences from the Far East.
Omni’s latest single “Ghost Town, USA” reflects how his perspective on life in Arizona soured as he began to see more of the world. Lyrics like “I just got back from vacation in Cali / Now all my love for this place is gone / They say I should be keener and the grass is always greener / But I don’t even have a lawn” paint a picture of a jaded twentysomething eager to break free of routine.
“The term ‘ghost town’,” Omni shares, “is both in reference to all the abandoned mining ghost towns that litter the desert landscape of Arizona, and the complacency created when you grow older in a place you’ve always lived. Your old jobs, homes, friends, and memories create an environment of ‘ghosts’ where you’re constantly re-treading familiar ground instead of being given the opportunity to engage with yourself or the world around you in unique ways.”
In the lead-up to the album, Omni will embark on a North American tour with alternative R&B artist Ehiorobo, with an East Coast leg slated for October and a West Coast run to follow in November.
“Ghost Town, USA” is available at digital retailers here: https://omniboi.ffm.to/ghosttownusa