HYPER OPAL is a multinational post-rock, electronica pop-hybrid comprised of Marie Hoffmann (V4NT4BL4CK) and Tidiane Cacique (Leave Things) who are the co-creators of Nordpath Records. Combining the unique elements of their native lands (Germany and France), the duo’s sound is focused on the remains of humanity as seen through a technological line of sight, that is in part fueled by the progressive environment of Berlin. The moody vocals of Marie Hoffmann come to the listener as if her spirit were trapped inside the water, her soul wandering the woodlands. This combined with the passionate, sometimes rebellious, haunted rhythms of Tidiane creates a style of music some refer to as empathy driven “Tech Noir”. The duo deliver their debut album on the new Swiss imprint Blizzard Audio Club this September following on from releases from Pavel and E&A Rüeger.
‘Olymp’ kicks off the album with uplifting pads fluttering underneath the glistening modulations and emotive vocals whilst ‘Voyage au Bout de la Nuit’ employs dark, murky soundscapes peppered with subdued yet inviting melodies, raw drums and Marie Hoffman’s intoxicating vocals alluring you from start to finish. ‘Helium’ is a post-punk influenced cut featuring spiraling synth waves and zippy, sonic experiments before ‘Drony Pony’ offers up a cinematic adventure through haunting, leftfield soundscapes, dramatic vibrations whilst maintaining gentle ambiance.
Alleviating melodies, heavenly tones, and euphoric strings laced with celestial undertones take the focus in ‘Magnum White’ before ‘Interlude’ makes way for dreamy atmospheres through blissful sonics and echoing, transcendence. Title track ‘A Light Speed’ then rounds off proceedings with brooding vocals and rousing pads all in harmony with shoegaze laced atmospheres and hypnotic melodies.
“The LP is a dialog between the human-made messiness that spreads out and the will to be naive, playful, and having no script. It expresses our search for reconciliation with mankind, the search, and the establishment of an inner compass that guides us and makes us independent and self-reliant. We accept our dark side and give it space, but protect our inner child, whose instincts are uncorrupted and who does not tolerate compromises.” – HYPER OPAL
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