OPION SOMNIUM: AS THEY FLY INTO DARKNESS, ONLY BLACK FEATHERS REMAIN TO WIPE AWAY OUR TEARS
7": Drone Records DR-69 [2004]
Ltd x 300


Falling Into The Gaping Hole, Dark Abyss
Falling Asleep On These Feathers

Ah, this is another gem for the Drone Records 7” series, of which has introduced me to many a decent act. Basically I have always been a sucker for cavernous, quasi-religious toned orchestral drones, with Opion Somnium delivery in ample doses on all counts.

The slow evolution of the deep reverberations of the A side give off orchestral overtones, whilst vague hints of real instrumentation to add to the layered structure. Essentially the first piece couldn’t be better described by their title: “falling into the gaping hole, dark abyss”.

Less depth and movement is to be found on track B, however the sparse piano / accordion drones & choir vocal textures aim for much loftier heights. For all its restrained direction, “falling asleep on these feather” creates a darkly melancholic & deeply emotive mood to the proceedings.

Acting as an taster to this group - whom I know next to nothing of - it is a fine introduction indeed.

RJS

[Opion Somnium] / [Drone Records]

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