OPAL ONYX — Explore Black & Crimson

Dark wave duo “” (based in Brooklyn) are set to release their debut album, Delta Sands, on 25th August on Tin Angel Records.

From experimental electronic basements to psychedelic loft spaces of Bushwick in Brooklyn, Opal Onyx has been been welcomed – with open arms – into the local electronic-experimental music communities including the International Winners Collective – an electronic sample-based collective.

A sore lameness causing a nervous imbalance
A sore lameness causing a nervous imbalance

Their layered ambient electronic noise flows beneath distorted guitar gracefully against the murky cello from Mathew Robinson.

Captivating the air is a beautifully powerful, engrossing voice of Sarah Nowicki – this leads us through a curious and comforting dream world where the surreal and hallucinatory are steadfast.

The songs are ambiguous conceptually. But, within that ambiguity, there is a curious sense of familiarity. It is as if the music is some kind of found relic – pulled from a dusty archive yet it is entirely new. “Black & Crimson” is an atmospheric track built over a chopped sample from an old record.

Opal Onyx - Black & Crimson
The sounds gnaw into your bark smooth with razor sharp precision

We listened to the track “Black & Crimson” —

This track has a skeletal gait – a sore lameness causing a nervous imbalance.

The vocal calls like a feathery adha-n – it echoes prayerfully against the fabrics of the piece.

A tar-like buzz dominates the lower orders – and all the while the rhythm tin-pan lurches its way forward.

An icy cold wind may cause a tremor of anxiety in your heart – especially as the piece moves slowly forward into darker and more dangerous territory.

The noisy mechanisms created here are like robotic rodents – the sounds gnaw into your smooth bark with the razor sharp precision of poisonous incisors.

But the chisel-blades of sound are dangerously unassuming.  Soon enough …  you will succumb.

@neilmach © 2014








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