Opal Sunn – Part I – Planet Sundae
Opal Sunn comes out with their “Part I” EP on Planet Sundae at the perfect time. The cold and stormy days slowly disappear, instead the sun comes out for a few hours and warms our hearts, bodies and souls with some positive beams. Hiroaki OBA and Al Kassian, created the perfect vinyl for this weather shift with the lovely four tracker which they’ve created between 2015 and 2016. Together they’ve decided to go by the name of Opal Sunn and besides the beauty of the name it also perfectly delivers how the sound feels like: sunny. But not in a cheesy way, it’s very sophisticated and independent in comparison to many other releases at the moment. But not just the artists invested their best in creating the tracks, the guys from Planet Sundae completed the EP with a superb cover. The artwork is quite uncommon for house releases and is a nice mixture of old school paint feelings and modern fluid 3D objects. The RGB color shift in the liquid on the cover is just spectacular and a real eye catcher. Just quality work from all protagonists.
The EP starts out with “Pluto”. Nicely tuned kicks accompanied by very calm string parts and the profound pad are a great foundation. The drum sounds are clean and functional, but their arrangement isn’t. The drums have some motion and work together in a complex way. Very entertaining and powerful, yet inconspicuous. Every thing is set for the extraordinary percussions that are edited beautifully and of course for the guitar sample in combination with the heavenly sound we aren’t able to recognize. Pure bliss, this is so harmonic and melodic throughout with wisely chosen breaks that are arranged in perfection. There’s nothing you miss, there’s nothing you want to add or change. This track simply has such a high quality and unique characteristic, it’s insane. “Opal” follows up as the second track on the a-side with powerful kicks an everlasting and still standing pad in the background and the energetic tom-tom that bounces in-between. Acid synth lines rush through this piece of music with a certain rawness and complete the powerful bassline. The acid line gets filtered and delayed differently and slowly fades to make room for a weird and oversteering synth line. This part is pretty raw, but doesn’t last that long. A lot of replacement is happening and this is one of the strengths here. All sounds fit in smoothly without much effort. It doesn’t feel like they’ve squeezed in sounds to have some variety, it’s very natural sound wise. “Ether” is the first track on the b-side. A lot of chorus and filters are used on the drum vortex that flows through the background. The slightly changing synth line on top comes with a load of movement and gets support by dreamful sounds and pads. A lot of different melodies are integrated in the pattern of “Ether” and somehow all works together with great style. There’s no point where they collide or it is too much, which is quite difficult to handle. Sensitively done by Hiroaki OBA and Al Kassian. They have a great feeling for harmonic arrangements, even when they are this complex. A quality that is rare to find. The last track is called “Dinamo” and is a bit softer in the beginning. The bassline pops out in between the kick sectors and has a stylish dynamic. The drums have some pressure throughout, without being too saturated. Great balance from the lower to the higher frequencies. Dreamish house from the very first second. Mythic sound progressions take you on a trip and mumbling voices function as the background noise. Ostentatious pads come in and float through the spotlight, at the same time the whole track slowly decreases and evolves every now and then. The arrangement on this track is just next level stuff. The same can be said about every single sound. This whole EP displays surpassing sound creation, outstanding sense for arrangements, harmonies, melodies and an unique sound. This is pure talent that ends up in superior house music!