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Getting to Know Ahomari Turner

With One Song Officially Released, There’s a Lot More to this Local Bedroom Artist
By Kevin Oliver
Thursday, May 15, 2014 |

Ahomari Turner (Say it: “(ah) (mar) (e)”) has been writing and recording for several years now, but his live shows are few and far between. His entire public catalog consists of one song, “Dreams,” featured as an online bonus track for 2013’s Carolina Music United Sampler, Vol. 1 alongside tracks from Cover of Afternoon, Full Color Footage, Death of Paris and more. “Dreams” is minimalist and modal without becoming monotonous, showing promise without revealing much of a personality.

What: Ahomari Turner
Where: New Brookland Tavern, 122 State St.
When: 7:30 p.m., Thursday, May 16
With: Luminous Umbrae, Ningas Tongas, Hudson K, Foodcomputer
Price: $5 ($8 under 21)
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“That’s probably my worst song now,” Turner says apologetically. “It was written a long time ago.”

Thursday night, Turner will play what he’s calling his “first big show” at New Brookland Tavern, sporting his drum machine and a batch of similarly eerie and droning electro-ballads.

“All the tunes are programmed into the drum machine. I’m learning guitar, but that’s still a work in progress,” Turner says of his live setup. “I’m writing all the time, but I want to make sure I have enough good material before I record or release it.”

One advantage of recording in your bedroom, as others — such as Coma Cinema and Elvis Depressedly maestro Mat Cothran — might attest, is that you can pretty much do anything you want. And Turner’s definitely been exploring. He dumped a Dropbox mixtape onto Facebook in February; that’s the artwork at the top of this post. More recently, Turner’s wide-ranging tastes instigated a weirder experiment.

“I have recorded about 20 songs just messing around with different genres,” he reveals. “It was a way to exercise my songwriting skills, but I might actually release them.”

Turner cites the early David Lynch film Eraserhead as a major reference point for his work, along with Depeche Mode, Leonard Cohen and various avant-garde composers and incongruous pop stars.

“David Bowie is probably the biggest indirect influence on me,” he says. “And I love Def Leppard, too.”

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