Opal

by Vinyl Williams

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Michael Feihstel
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Michael Feihstel I remember discovering Vinyl Williams when he simply and secretly released his album "Into" on rdio way before his label intended to. I still think it's his best work. And yet he developed his very unique laidback, underwater neo-psychedelic niche that serves so well as a soundtrack to a fatiguingly hot summer afternoon and "Opal" is no exception to this formular. Great album that might easily grow into a classic with repeated exposure. Favorite track: Lansing.
Lawrence
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Lawrence another amazing album from Vinyl Williams, this one needed a good soaking for me, but the songs have sprouted and are digesting quite well! yummy!! Favorite track: Lansing.
Nate Hunter
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Nate Hunter Leave it to Vinyl Williams to knock me out of my Jazz orbit. Excellent stuff! Their best and most cohesive effort to date IMHO; which is saying a lot.
silvrshamrockd
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silvrshamrockd What a wonderful surprise to experience this today! Exciting to hear Noumena in the context of an album. I can't pick a favorite. This album sends up so many of my favorite colors as a synesthesiac. Opal IMO is the best Vinyl Williams album yet, and I'm ferociously attached to all the previous ones. Thank you very much for sharing this amazing journey so early. Well worth the wait. Favorite track: Eternity.
Jukebox is broke
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Jukebox is broke ~Dig the wizardry, Favorite Track: Eternity~
Tyler Saucier
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Tyler Saucier This music hits the cosmic spot! This album continues the visionary odyssey of Vinyl Williams discography. Really the best thing music can do is transport you to another realm, and this delivers that effect to the extreme. Favorite track: Lansing.
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released July 20, 2018

Vinyl Williams | Opal
Written by Zachary Stein

The rare history of harmonious pop music imbued in Vinyl Williams’s Opal LP is finally coming to the conscious surface in the warped form of a transcendental hyper-coaster, combining sunshine pop, afrobeat, and progressive rock into a dense emanation of sonic optics. The California native has attuned his sound palette to the cosmic quintessence – opalescent tones that harmonize chaos, synchronizing a global family of celestial harmonies into a macrocosmic epicenter.

Out of such came 10 tracks of incessantly lush pop songs that can be used to intangibly dress your dream palace. It was recorded almost exclusively by Lionel Williams at Non Plus Ultra (all ages venue / studio in LA he’s involved in) with the exception of Gal Lazer (ex-drummer of Yonatan Gat) playing hand drums on Aphelion, and Ian Gibbs (Williams’s long time musical partner) overdubbing guitar & synth on several tracks. Through the process of recording individual tracks onto a VHS camcorder, as well as using handheld cassette devices, the fluttery lo-fi guitar & synth sounds became architecturalized by hi-fi drum sounds, keeping the warbly rollercoaster somehow on track.

Written & produced by Lionel Williams
Cover artwork by James McCarthy

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Track Name: Sanctuary Spells
Help sync the world of sanctuary spells / Your last ritual shook globes at our expense / You can hallucinate the same innate effects / By taking the silks of thought that gave you a new sense / In heaven
Track Name: Noumena
Allow your brain the free design to open up the inner etheric mind / I gotta say, we have a chance, to lead us all to a true hypnotic trance / Nothing has objects to fool all that's in our head / All of everything outside of our head opens the doors where we can fall right in / Every time we go to some place it's in a song where we can transcend / The lobby of celestial storms / Nostalgia for the future is nevermore / I gotta say, we have no chance, to harmonize the future with dissonance
Track Name: Spirit Of Now
This is 4AM & I don’t know where I am / Passing over the spirit of the land / Where everything began / Play nature / The simulation can’t take it / There is no chance / The universe is advanced / Rainbow worlds that synthesize their cause can start a new abyss / Pass under until the clouds are born to start a new spirit / I have to know, I have to know myself to guide my afterlife
Track Name: Lansing
There's opal in my mind all the time / It shakes all 33 vertebrae in my spine / There's something straight above in the sky / The sutra gave a new soul lansing that's amplified / I wanna be thrown back to nowhere / Yet everything brings us back to nowhere
Track Name: Aphelion
Everywhere is at the center of your love / Unconscious anima developed in the hands of Sophia came undone / Finding the rings in the absence of things can let you see all the flaws in me, through anima / Gilgamesh Jex can relieve the effects and turn the alien's eyes on me, through anima / Heaven / Everglow / Ethereal / My dream's to live outside, to prove what's in my mind / Processional ether / Heaven met us in our eyes / Medicine falling from the skys / Heal us within our own rite / Everything talks faster than light
Track Name: Florian Veridiciton
Now is eternity / It’s alive in surface energy / Rainbow sky exceeds beyond a dream / Full image inside of me / It’s alive despite it’s nobody / Rainbow sky exceeds beyond a dream / You’re cloudy when your dreams come true / Even if it doesn’t make any sense to you / What’s more than just a field of view is true / Opal eyes of our deep disguise / You thought / about your soul before you lived up in the sky / In a floating house that moves around you sat
Track Name: Nether Congrenes
Decide to travel far away again / This time take me by your wing / Decide to travel far away again / I won’t backseat drive you lunatic / Even again on another day we’ll leave our bodies on the astral plane / And when we get there we won’t be alarmed by the angels, let them heal our charms / Pluxeron is what planet you’re on / Lexicon as the lesser glow / Pantheon of a phenomenon / Cameo of how little we know / Trust us / No don’t
Track Name: None With Other
How can we prove what’s within when our life is mistakenless? / We try to fool the abyss / We’ve arrived where the future is / Prima materia, come alive in the face of us
Track Name: Eternity
It’s alright / Your restricted in servitude, only reaching halfway / The end is filled with pairs of opposites / The speed of our thoughts can compare to none / We’re told to look faster than the sun / Alpha Centauri is weathering matrices forming eternity / Bring close what’s far away / Your soul is gonna be weighed on the scales of truth & grace / All known places are far away / Near & far
Track Name: Millennial Ballroom
Darkness in the valley of death / Light as the heavenly breath / Stare at the divine that mirrors in the self / Face in the shrine that mirrors in the self / Might the intangible seize this dark material freeze / Brave ocean / Ocean of waves / Wave into the soul / How far can you reach? / Lessons of LSD / Light could illuminate me / Stare at the divine that mirrors in the self / Face in the shrine that mirrors in the self, that mirrors

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