When Hunter P. Thompson aka Opaline approaches his setup of synthesizers in Portland, Oregon, rest assured that this erudite endeavor regularly results in a wondrous array of omnipresent enchantment particles. Being a luminary in the fields of New Age, cyberspace capsules and the tiniest bit of Vaporwave emeralds, Opaline’s arpeggiated synthonies are more often than not based on two constituents which, when united, result in euphoria: memorable melodies on the one hand which are realized via equally enthralling textures and surfaces on the other hand. Whether he revs up the drone cascades on his aerial helios-reel Flight Patterns (Twin Springs Tapes, 2013) with argentine rhythm reticulations or collaborates with soul brother Steve Targo in order to create fir-green alluvial strata as Mango Differential, Opaline worships the synth and has a good ear for tone sequences. This is also proven on his eleven-track tape Projector Mapping, released on Benjamin Krarup’s Denmark-based Phinery Tapes label. Available to purchase and stream at Bandcamp, Portland’s synthesist has found a more than fitting abode within the realms of this label. Here, he spawns rather pointillized creations, meaning that the gyring melodies are upfront, with the mucoid drones and airy counterparts oozing around this epicenter. Reminiscent of the past while gently pushing the listener into a bit-crushed future, Projector Mapping ejects, rejects, retrojects ad infinitum… within the boundaries of the tape.
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