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Album Review: O∆ by London O’Connor

Rowan Livengood, Journalist

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London O’Connor is a strange man. A man who is 26 but acts like his is 16. A man who used an omitron and a delta to say circle triangle. He is on a sort of permanent cruise around New York city, crashing at friends’ houses, and couch surfing the waves of unemployment. His sound, which I’ve chosen to identify as ambient rap, is almost amateurish with clicky beats and some basic synths but is actually very complex and well composed.

His debut album O∆, pronounced circle triangle, was released in 2015 having a track list of eleven songs. The full tracklist being: (open) 00 00, OATMEAL, NATURAL, STEAL, NOBODY HANGS OUT ANYMORE, GUTS, COORDINATES 00 36, LOVE SONG, 09 87 (Where is Your Home)?, and ending with SURVIVE.

OATMEAL, being the opening track to the album, tells the story of lazy saturday mornings where most people’s dreams live. O’Connor remarks on how many of us are not brave enough to go after those dreams. The first verse, even though in a major key, has a lower tone, but once the chorus comes in the feel of the song lightens. Everytime a verse hits, the tone darkens and broods.

STEAL, delving deeper into the album also dives deeper into O’Connor’s life as a younger man going around looking for stuff to steal. The high range of the chorus perfectly juxtaposes the low monotone versus. This blending of opposites presents a really interesting auditory experience to listen to.

GUTS is very similar to STEAL in the way that it’s another song that presents tonal opposites very well. From again, the versus to the chorus. GUTS talks about that one annoying kid on your block that you hate.

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