OPAL, the brainchild of Puerto Rican “non-musician” Jose E. Roman Garcia, celebrates its 20th anniversary this year with the release of “Pacific” and “Beatless”, two albums that celebrate the different facets of this project: ambient, dream pop, electronic, experimental, shoegaze, soundtrack and other musical idioms. You may remember the band for their contribution to our free charity compilation “Face The Beat 6” with the title “Christin’s Song”.
“Pacific” is inspired by the ocean, several places on the west coast of the United States and several phenomena. It builds on the dream pop and shoegaze sound started on the first EPs “Seu Et Fang” and “Sleep Demon”, the albums “Sleepless” and “Insomniac” spread over 10 tracks.
“Beatless” is a return to the sound origins of OPAL. A more experimental album that ventures into ambient and soundtrack territories among five tracks averaging 8 minutes or more per track. In “Beatless”, the track names are just numbers, placeholders for each song. Finally “Sedative” is the most recent version of the project. Four songs showcasing the deeper explorations of dream pop, post-rock and shoegaze.
Both albums and the EP are available to listen and buy on Bandcamp as well as on Spotify, Apple Music and other streaming services.
Jose E Roman Garcia, originally from Puerto Rico, has not made music since 1991 on his label Rojo y Negro Records under his groups D35C0JóN UR84N0 (Industrial Rock), Antártica (techno), Música Casual (experimental) and OPAL (ambient, dreampop , experimental, shoegaze). He recently collaborated with fellow Puerto Rican Federico Balducci on the BR35 project.
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