“Anthem” – O Mer

“Anthem” by O Mer has to be one of my favorite tracks covered here in recent memory.  The tune blends soul, electronica, and Middle-Eastern music to create a beautiful, personal, and politically charged memo to us all: don’t put people, or music, in boxes.  As a reviewer I need to put things in boxes to a certain extent, but this is another reminder to ensure listeners understand that music is a fluid thing–a spectrum, a river, rather than a bunch of genres.  And I don’t think a lot of society gets that.  The beautiful singing, instrumentals, beat, and mix aside, this work tells us to wake up and see things from a human perspective, rather than a cold one based on our preconceived notions and stereotypes.  You have to listen to it.

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