The Brink: Opal Blue
“Taking My Love Away” is the new single from Opal Blue, a melody of electronica fused with R&B undertones.
“What doesn't music mean? It's more complex than we can perceive and in itself is an entire dimension that we can only partially access” – AH
“To me, music, in all its varied forms, is a special intangible language that can powerfully express almost anything in the human experience, be it raw emotion, banality or complex thought” – JW
These types of musicians could be considered as the most important parts of any musical project; they lay foundations, propose song arrangements and generally supervise the entire audio process – producers are very special types of talents and Opal Blue are no exception to this notion.
Made up of three members Aaron, Daniel and James this alternative band originating from London spend the majority of their time dabbling within electronic sounds. “I do a lot of the production, (Daniel) also helps with production but generally keeps it microphone based, (James) is the chord wizard and will take anyone to school on music theory!” – Aaron.
“Taking My Love Away” is the new single from Opal Blue, a melody of electronica fused with R&B undertones. Like many before them, the production trio see the significance in remaining quite mysterious, protecting their artistry as they allow their music and that alone to influence the mind/thoughts of their listeners.
“We wrote this track with Sunny (Youthonix). It started as a really basic demo but the vibe was unbeatable. We ended up mapping the entire chorus vocal to a sample and triggering to create a stutter effect. The verse was one of the last things we put on and it ended up tying the whole track neatly together.” – Aaron
The brilliant new single is taken from their EP “She Goes Deep” released earlier this year. Receiving support on the airwaves from the likes of BBC 6, Beats 1 and Radio 1XTRA not to mention tastemaker sites such as; The 405, Indie Shuffle, Earmilk and Wonderland. With such a ‘provocative’ EP title one can only imagine what types of themes and concepts surround the project. “Basically it was about drowning in emotion, and how you survive it. The fact that a relationship can lead you so deep underwater that you can't even come up for air. You end up drowning in your own emotions, eventually getting washed up on a beach half alive.” – Aaron.
Opal Blue have created sounds that not only evoke emotion but they depict the feelings of love. No matter how testing/overpowering this entity can be there’s so much beauty in love and “She Goes Deep” expresses that – it conveys how ones feelings can… “…free you as a person but your ego has to ultimately drown”. – Aaron.
The world we live in is such an inspirational place; as much as we like to form our own thoughts and opinions it would be impossible to not be influenced by things we see/hear and are surrounded by. James takes inspiration from the iconic producing mastermind J Dilla – “Even though it’s old school, I still love J Dilla. There’s something about his feel for rhythm and placement of harmony and melody that I find totally unique and inspiring.” Although coming from a classical composition background he brings a Neo-Soul/Jazz vibe to Opal Blue and that is hugely thanks to the producers he is influenced by.
Regardless of their success within online press and across the airwaves the band have their own definitions of what brings them true success within the music industry and along their journey – happiness and seeing a vision come to fruition.
“Being happy with the music you make, making it available and then moving on” - Aaron
“Creating music that fits with your vision (at least at the time of making it) and for that vision to be communicated and enjoyed/understood by listeners” - James
Words : Fiona Frimpong