Opian – The Quarantine Files


Little is known about the creator of this illusive EP. Opian is the pseudonym project of Texan metalhead, Eddie Cantú, and this is his first stab at writing electronic music. Although his roots are metal at heart, the unique but uplifting electronic elements in his art are as mystifying as they are heavy. SBR needed no invitation to join him on his early journey into electronic music to see what it’s all about.

As we’ve seen with the likes of Carpenter Brut and Gost, anonymity works best for these types of artists and often drums up even more support and intrigue. Here, ‘Opalescent Sands’ starts the EP with a stomping electronic riff that immediately betrays the metallic foundations of Cantú’s musicianship. And with a song as serious and imperious as this you know he means business. For comparative purposes, it sounds like an electronic version of the Game Of Thrones theme. ‘Hypertime Initiate’ on the other hand is a lot different to its predecessor. Think of this as a pseudo-eighties throwback in a way you could see it accompanying video games such as Streets of Rage on the Megadrive or the classic Outrun

Cantú also knows how to phase a record. This may only be a five-track EP, but his pacing and attention to detail is impressive. ‘Melting Labyrinth’ is like the previous track on a more instrumental level with Jean-Michel Jarre arpeggio effects. It serves as a nice midway interlude, while ‘melting.’ has a College vibe to it and offers a more chilled experience than any of the other compositions. Listeners may also sense a Depeche Mode Black Celebration mood to this piece until it kicks in around the one-minute mark with a nice escalating riff then retreats again into some beautiful feedback loops reminiscent of the latest Pure Reason Revolution record. 

Like all good artists, Opian leave you insatiable for more. Final track, ‘Magma Sayonara’ creates an unlikely concoction of Lucio Fulci’s The New York Ripper with the technicality of early Voivod, but fed through synthesisers rather than Marshall stacks. Dare yourself to whip out a torch and head for the woods for a spot of dogging if this gets you pumping.

Though too early to say right now, we may have the musical equivalent of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Braut Håland on our hands. Opian is a new and raw talent and has the making of a future household name in the Synthwave genre.

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Verdict


Release Date: 15/04/2020

Record Label: Self Released

Standout tracks: Opalescent Sands, melting.

Suggested Further Listening: Volkor X – This is Our Planet Now (2020), Lazerhawk – Visitors (2012), Visitor – Coming Home EP (2012)