For someone who has yet to release a debut album, Catching Flies has developed quite an impressive reputation. The London producer has become known for his emotive, impactful music, as well as his clever use of unusual sounds and textures in his work. On his newest single “Opals,” premiering with a video today on EARMILK, we see a departure from his typical brand of layering elements in ambient soundscapes in favor of a more stripped down approach with just a solo Wurlitzer. The 1970's-era electric keyboard pairs with cosmic visuals for a gorgeous, contemplative listening and viewing experience.
“Opals” has a vintage feel to it, both sonically and visually. Along with using the Wurlitzer, Catching Flies also recorded into a tape machine. Additionally, the video gives a nod to analog video technology of yesteryear with some frames of the song’s title sliding through view, complete with crackling blemishes. Even with the nostalgic undertones, the song has a beautiful sense of timelessness, with gentle arpeggios providing the soundtrack for sparkling, animated gleams of light that dance around the screen. The tune is an exercise in beautiful restraint as Catching Flies shows off another side to his diverse artistry.
Buy/stream "Opals" here.