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Halifax, Canada | Established. Jan 01, 2014 | SELF

Halifax, Canada | SELF
Established on Jan, 2014
Solo Alternative Indie




"MP3: Ominar – Candles"

Ominar is the solo electronic pop project of Halifax’s Tawnie Lucas, and she’s been making excellent gloomy bedroom pop under the name for about a year. Back in June, she released her debut album Transition Roads, a short but impressive record that skews melancholy, ambient, and dramatic. Our favourite track, “Candles,” features sparse instrumentation, beautifully subtle harmonies, and some very moody synths. Seems like Ominar is off to a seriously great start!
You can grab Transition Roads directly from Ominar on Bandcamp. - Silent Shout


Ambient and smooth, Halifax-based artist Ominar (the project name taken on by Tawnie Lucas) is turning heads with her mix of alt-pop and almost R&B sounds. Check out “Candles”, above, to see what the hype is about.

Like a rich chocolate mousse, Ominar’s sound is mellow and sweet, with a bitter edge that suggests quality, the purity of dark chocolate. An almost eerie trickle of bell-like electronics add melody, something that Ominar is striving for on Transition Roads, her latest album. This track has definitely struck on an addictive quality, and one the album continues to strike throughout.

Transition Roads can be streamed and purchased on Bandcamp. To hear more of Ominar’s music, check out her SoundCloud page. To see what’s new with this talented singer-songwriter, follow her on Twitter or check out her Facebook page. - New Sick Music

"Review – “Transition Roads” – Ominar"

Mesmerizing synth led bedroom pop is coming from Halifax’s Tawnie Lucas, better known as Ominar. Her second album, Transition Roads, narrates the growth and maturity that comes with a period of life changes.

The album begins with “Candles,” an understated beat bouncing underneath haunted synths and Lucas’ vocal harmonies. “We’re burning houses,” she repeats hypnotically. Burbling synth melodies stand out in the following song, “Distance,” reminiscent of early Stars. “To The City” opens with an eery vocal and piano combination which is filled out by a basic beat. “Take you home, I’ll take you with me,” Lucas urges. She ends the song with the line, “current’s getting stronger,” feeling the pull of change.

“Just to Feel” is an effort to cut through self doubt and regain strong emotions. Lucas wants “just to know [she’s] still pretty” over a looping beat and piano lines in a minor key. The tempo speeds up in “Waterfall,” featuring more propulsive percussion and a wash of synths. Guitar is introduced in the album’s last track, “The Idea,” an inventive evolution of Ominar’s sound.

Ominar’s downtempo, sparse songs are carried by her vocal, synth, and piano melodies. This is an album full of lyrics questioning relationships and the lack of control we can have over what occurs in our lives. Ominar communicates the emotions one goes through in these situations with honesty via the direct nature of pop, providing an engaging listen.

Transition Roads is available via Ominar’s Bandcamp page.

Top Track: “Distance”

Rating: Strong Hoot (Good) - Grayowl Point


Ominar is the project name of Tawnie Lucas, a Nova Scotia-based artist who recently released her second album, Transition Roads. You can read about the lead track on that album, titled “Candles”, right here. Smooth and effervescent, Ominar’s sound has shifted and grown over her two albums. I was given the opportunity to discuss the changes, as well as her influences, with Tawnie Lucas for a New Sick Music exclusive interview.

Kaitlin: Your first album, Isolation, was a darker, more — well — ominous sounding collection than we hear on Transition Roads, which plays with R&B vibes along with the dream pop roots. What influenced you to make that shift?

Ominar: When I was writing Isolation, I was aiming more towards writing dark electronic pop, along the lines of Crystal Castles. I thought it would be good to create songs that would fit into the EDM genre, but I found dance music didn’t come very naturally for me and the songs ended up slower and darker than most EDM. I liked how my album ‘Isolation’ turned out but I knew for my next album I had to write songs that were more true to me. I decided to write in tempos that seemed natural, and write lyrics that were much more personal. Overall it feels better writing music that is completely true to yourself. Dream pop seems to be the kind of music that naturally flows from me, I love creating layers of harmonizing vocals, synth and piano melodies, with an overall underlying darkness. While I was writing ‘Transition Roads’, I was listening to artists who all had some R&B influence, such as Lana Del Rey, The Weekend and Chet Faker. I love how R&B makes me feel, it has a certain confidence and sex appeal; I wanted my music to create similar feelings. A touch of R&B really seems to compliment the smoothness of the synth and beats I make.

Kaitlin: Do you know what direction you would like to move towards on your next album?

Ominar: I know that my next album will also be primarily dream pop, with a hint of R&B. I currently have 6 new songs on the go right now and I am very excited about them.

Kaitlin: There seems to be a deep connection between your art and Halifax. I noticed this especially in the video for “To the City”. How has Halifax and the community there influenced you as a musician?

Ominar: I live on the Dartmouth side and am constantly driving across the bridge to Halifax. I find driving over the bridge puts me in a very contemplative state. There’s something about driving across a large body of water that I find very beautiful. Halifax is where I go to see live music, to play shows and to see some of my friends. I have met musicians in Halifax who I find very inspiring. I love being around and knowing other musicians who share the same passion as me. As for style of music, I’ve always branched out a bit from what seems to be popular in Halifax. There is an electronic scene, but it’s limited and more so focused on DJs. It’s hard to find exactly where I fit in here.

Kaitlin: Your website states that you are planning to move to Toronto for album three. What do you think the move would bring to your art?

Ominar: I think moving to Toronto will bring me more opportunities. There will possibly be more venues suitable to my music, and more possible fans. Generally there’s a larger music and art scene there. I am very excited to meet more musicians and artists, and see some bands that I’ve always wanted to see live.

Kaitlin: You released an album, Fluorescent, before you adopted the name Ominar. What sparked the change to a new name?

Ominar: I started writing songs on acoustic guitar. I was very influenced by City and Colour, Tegan and Sara, and Elliott Smith. ‘Fluorescent’ was my first album. I loved how it turned out, but I wasn’t sure on my direction at that point. I liked playing acoustic songs by myself in my room, but for performing I found it too sad, lonely and possibly a bit too intimate.

I knew for my next music I wanted a band name just in case I had band members. I also liked the idea of having an alias and a band name that in a way describes the type of music I play. I’m glad that I found dream pop which I very much enjoy performing by myself; it’s very satisfying. I can have a full band sound while still being a solo artist.

Kaitlin: Your influences have such a large range! What bands and artists are you listening to right now?

Ominar: Lately I have been listening to ‘Bring Me The Horizon’, Olafur Arnalds, ‘La Dispute’, and ‘Daughter’. All very different genres, but I find them all inspiring; they draw deep emotion. I am influenced by almost all the music I listen to, whether it’s just for the pure feeling, the tempo, or lyrical style.

Kaitlin: Other than creating music, what do you fill your time with?

Ominar: Other than music I like to spend time with my family and friends, and I like to work on all sorts of art. I like to paint when I have the time, I find it very relaxing, and I like to make jewelry and other accessories. Lately I’ve been working on designs for t-shirts, I plan to release an Ominar clothing line in the new year to go along with my music. It’s fun to incorporate my art in with my music.

Kaitlin: I am very excited for your clothing line. As an independent self-producing artist, do you have any advice for other artists who hope to self-produce their work?

Ominar: My advice would be to not get discouraged when learning programs such as Ableton, Logic or any music platform. It takes time, but you can learn as you go. Take the time to watch some youtube tutorials and with every song you produce you’ll become more familiar and confident with the program.

Also for any self-producing artist just keep going, it is very rewarding being able to write and produce everything yourself, it is nice to have complete control over your creations.

Check out Transition Roads on Bandcamp and follow Ominar on her website, Twitter, Facebook, and SoundCloud for more music and updates on that highly anticipated third album. - New Sick Music


“Candles” is alternative R&B with smoky ambience. Halifax’s Ominar is better known in her old neighbourhood as Tawnie Lucas. - Ride The Tempo

"Review – Ominar"

East coast artist Tawnie Lucas is better known by her indie pop name Ominar. Ominar was in several Halifax, NS based bands before going solo and now in Toronto, ON. Leaving is her third self-produced album in three years. Her first album had a darker pop feel to it, while her second was melodic with a hint of R&B. Her most recent release, Leaving features more of a soft pop sound with an electronic beat.

Opening Leaving is a hauntingly soft pop tune “Deer in the Dark”, and then the title track “Leaving” as well as “The Lake”, “Something good” and “Follow me” have more of a dance beat backing Ominar’s melodic voice. Two of the songs on the album, “Sad Boy” and “Erase” are also soft pop tunes.

Ominar’s influences on this album include Purity Ring, Imogen Heap, Banks and the instrumental music of Olavid Barnard’s. As one song bleeds into the other, this album carries the musical mix strong from beginning to end. - Canadian Beats

"Ominar Leaving for Ominous Pursuits"

Adding some sparkle to the local scene in Halifax via the band route, Tawny Lucas, now based in Toronto under alias Ominar releases her latest solo LP Leaving. Dark, moody, and gothic, this thing drips with a black, ominous rain. It is a very cohesive work, and many tracks feel like a variation of a central theme, leaving the listener both morose and spooked. This talented gal heroically fills a hungry void, as dark wave is relatively barren here, and she does an excellent job at it. If nothing else, this disc reminds us of indie pop’s capacity to make things exciting. - Canadian Music Blog


"Leaving" - Released June 2016
1. Deer In The Dark
2. Leaving
3. The Lake
4. Bad Thoughts
5. Sad Boy
6. Something Good
7. I Feel Like I'm Dying
8. Erase
9. Follow Me
10. Chill Out

"Transition Roads" - Released June 2015
1. Candles
2. Distance
3. To The City
4. Just to Feel
5. Waterfall
6. Poison
7. The Idea

"Isolation" -Released Nov 2014
1. Alone
2. Isolation
3. Dead to Me
4. Socket
5. Small Cuts
6. Asylum
7. Lungs
8. Don't Go
9. Oxygen



Ominar is the music moniker for Tawnie Lucas, an alternative, indie musician based in Halifax NS. 

Tawnie is a singer/songwriter and producer. Ominar was nominated by Music Nova Scotia in 2015 and 2016 for best alternative album: 'Transition Roads' (2015) and 'Leaving' (2016). Tawnie is highly influenced by  Imogen Heap, Lana Del Ray, Banks, Elliot Smith and Sufjan Stevens.

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