"Evergreen" from Omar Apollo's 2022 project has become the biggest hit of the young singer-songwriter's career so far. A snippet of the tattered-and-torn break-up ballad has soundtracked millions of videos on TikTok and landed "Evergreen" a spot on the Billboard Hot 100 (it's peaked at No. 51, so far). The song could get another boost with Apollo's performance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, which you can watch above.
Backed by a full band decked in white, Apollo is styled like a Balenciaga bouncer for the song. It's a faithful rendition of the track's album sound — a bracing shot of classic soul built on some particularly lovely backup vocals. Fittingly, the entire performance's visual quality is processed to resemble one you might catch on late-night television in the '80s. Check it out above.
It's the second standout live performance we've seen from Omar Apollo recently following his lovely Tiny Desk Performance for NPR. Catch him on a tour of North America with Ravyn Lenae later this year.