Author: Zoe Ettinger
Los Angeles based singer/songwriter, Opāru’s, latest release, The Deep End, has the classic cadence that has that “song of the summer” feel.
I’m not trying to sound trite, but it really does. The song is pop music entering into a dark twisted fantasy. Opāru shows with this track that she’s not one for overplayed pop sounds and rhythms. Rather, Opāru uses a looped electronic beat to introduce her track. The beat is haunting and anticipatory. The beat switches once Opāru’s voice comes in, as it fades and allows her voice to shine. Opāru sings soulfully and sweetly, and her voice reminds me of lyrical and vocal legend, Sia. Additionally, in the official video for the song, the lyrics are added. In this way, the listener can connect on an even deeper level to the emotion and message of the song.
The instrumental build up that coincides with Opāru’s vocals is what makes this song stand out. It is what gives it that “song of the summer” feel. It just has that je ne sais quoi that makes you want to hear it multiple times. The song hits the bass on that sweet spot. The drum beat is a perfect complement. It makes the lyrics hit harder, and the lyrics are quite catchy. “You’re still here, like an anchor off the pier, dive into the deep end, no sleeping through the years”. The song makes you want to sing along.
The Deep End is Opāru’s second endeavor under her new alias. She was once part of the highly successful group Versailles, but Opāru is her solo project. The name actually comes from the Japanese word for opal, her birthstone. It follows from the name that her songs are intensely personal and emotional, revealing details of her life. The Deep End successfully does that. Put it on and see for yourselves.
Check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RBs_LRickb4