Creeping: London’s new breed of city soul
Caught like deer in the headlights, the inhabitants of London move like a swaying assembly line into the torch light. It calls them out, and they respond by peering anxiously into the lens, in search of an answer. Something’s lurking in the shadows. This is ‘Creeping': Obongjayar’s musical baptism.
Originally from Nigeria, Obongjayar moved to the UK at 17 years old. He regularly drifted between two English cities, living in Norwich but often visiting London. His African heritage fully embraces the urban setting of London, and the harsher, darker music that hangs over “the big smoke”. But Norwich — an artistically driven, medieval city –was the place where he could openly hone, write and perform his tracks without judgement, before eventually moving to London in order to release ‘Creeping’ into the world.
From the moment the crisp fuzz of the drums snaps in, a combination of UK garage and slow electronica strikes the tone. Wandering between the silhouettes of London – a place of high rise flat-blocks, dimly lit windows and intermingling cultures. Obongjayar’s meandering soul and echoic blues cuts through. A steady hand on the social ladder. A guiding light through the shroud of anxiety that comes from navigating the metropolis alone by night.
Teamed with acclaimed director Frank Lebon, owner of Underground film club Reely and Truly, Obongjayar has ensured the video for ‘Creeping’ is just as concerned with isolation and invasion as the track itself. Only Obongjayar faces this lost feeling directly, makes eye contact, looks straight into the camera, and tells us what’s up. At the centre of it all – in London – that city soul is creeping out of the shadows.
Obongjayar’s debut EP ‘Home’ is out now for free.