In Review: Omar Apollo's "3 Boys"
Omar Apollo has returned with another single titled, “3 Boys” after the successful release of his debut album, “Ivory” in 2022. This single is another relatable hit, describing the confusion that comes with love.
Omar always keeps a similar tone when it comes to his guitar. It is heavily soaked in reverb and holds a nostalgic feeling due to his pretty chord choices. The bass is heavy and staccato underneath, giving this track the perfect texture. The song is mellow but has a small buildup with drums when the chorus starts. He includes a lovely synth melody for the chorus and the inclusion of a steel guitar makes this track even more beautiful. Omar’s voice is soulful making it perfect for this R&B track. His voice reflects the pain he sings of, allowing listeners to fall into the pain with him. His sound gets him a 9/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.
Omar revealed in a statement that this song was a new endeavor for him because he usually writes about the challenges that come with unrequited love. With this track, the love is no longer unrequited but instead is non-monogamous. He sings, “I’d be emotionless all the way if I could”, suggesting that this polyamorous situation lacks the true love he desires. It is hard for him to find solace in too many people at once. Even though he is aware of this, he sings, “I can’t even choose, I'm tethered to you.” He can't find the strength to leave this man, even though in his heart he knows monogamy is the right choice for him. His lyrics get him an 8/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.
Omar was very active on social media, before the release of the song, teasing snippets on Tik T6ok and continuing to interact with fans after the song's release. Additionally, he released a lyric video for the track that reflects a physical embodiment of the pain he feels. The lighting is a cool blue and he is being uncomfortably pushed up against the glass, representing how stuck he feels in the relationship. His art gets him a 9/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.
Overall this track gets an 8/10 on the Intersect Rating Scale.
Stream the track below.