Omar Apollo Releases New Album ‘God Said No’

New Singles 'Spite,' 'Less Of You,' and 'Dispose of Me' Lead the Way
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Omar Apollo Releases New Album ‘God Said No’

Omar Apollo releases his new album God Said No via Warner Records. Crafted with executive producer Teo Halm at his side, the album arrives a little over two years after the release of his critically acclaimed debut album Ivory. Apollo recently announced the God Said No North American tour and has been previewing the album this spring with the release of singles “Spite,” “Less Of You” and “Dispose of Me” the last of which he recently performed on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert. The tracklist features guest contributions from musician Mustafa on “Plane Trees” and actor Pedro Pascal on the aptly titled spoken-word piece “Pedro.” The album title is Omar’s interpretation of “lo que sera, sera” which translates to “whatever will be, will be” or “it is what it is.” The phrase embodies the album with Omar’s tongue-in-cheek humorous outlook on the suffering that comes from surrendering and accepting whatever is thrown at you by life, a relationship, or a lover. God Said No also arrives with a Kyle Mickelson-directed mini-documentary that takes an intimate look into the album's making and the music video for "Done With You."

On the heels of the release of God Said No, Omar Apollo will take on an accompanying tour, which will commence on August 20th in his home state of Indiana. The God Said No Tour will include 29 dates, with stops in New York City, Boston, Toronto, Houston, and more. Later performances will see Apollo grace iconic venues such as Red Rocks Amphitheatre, The Greek Theatre (Berkeley, CA), and The Hollywood Bowl. Support acts will include Kevin Abstract, Malcolm Todd, and Ravyn Lenae on select dates.

God Said No follows the whirlwind of his debut and the nonstop touring that followed both on his own headline tour, support on SZA’s SOS arena tour, and Billie Eilish’s Latin American stadium tour. Apollo booked a three-month stay in London that fall, where he ruminated on walks down rain-soaked cobblestone streets, and mined the poems of Mary Oliver, Victoria Chang, and Ocean Vuong for inspiration. Speaking with Rolling Stone in the May issue, Omar cited artists like Kate Bush, Labi Siffre, Giorgio Moroder, Beyoncé, and Lana del Rey as musical inspirations who were in heavy rotation for him during that time in London.

Camped out in London’s legendary Abbey Road Studios with his trusted collaborators — producers Halm, Blake Slatkin, and Carter Lang — Apollo built the bones of his melodrama. Born from the emotional wreckage that followed the end of a torrid love affair, the 14-track album is titled after something his friend said while processing the relationship. “I gave it my everything,Apollo says, “And God said ‘no.’” What began during that London trip resulted in his most soul-bearing and immediate body of work, fine-tuned across studios in Los Angeles, New York City, and Miami towards the end of 2023.