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On New Misery, Cullen Omori creates dazzling, glam-infused indie rock with sparkling, expansive instrumentation. Inspired by the Top 40 pop played at his medical-supply company day job, Omori drenches these songs in blurry reverb, as heard in the title track’s swaying ’60s haze or in the echoing drums, spacey harmonies, and dreamy melancholia of “No Big Deal.” The slow-burning “And Yet the World Still Turns” distills everything that makes this album great: blissful, enveloping ambience fused with pure pop wizardry.

Customer Reviews

Sounds like Beach House ☺️

Nice beach house-esque sound. Nothing revolutionary, but really nice stuff

No SW here

I am a fan of Smith Westerns and was bummed when they broke up, however Omari seems to be liberated from them. The songs are more polished than SW ever were. I hope he has a good solo career. This album proves he deserves one. Is he lucky enough to have one?

Excellent Album

It's always risky going solo but Omori clearly proves he has the chops. Great album start to finish.


Born: April 27, 1990

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Vocalist, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Cullen Omori offers an individual perspective on indie pop with his darkly tuneful and atmospheric songs. Omori was one of the founders of the Chicago-based band the Smith Westerns, who formed in 2007 and became an indie success story with the 2011 album Dye It Blonde. However, after 2013's Soft Will received a cool reception from fans and the press, creative differences split the group in late 2014. Omori was still in high school when he formed the...
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