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OPUL: The Lightness of Being – Interview with Osprey Music Magazine

Lindsay O’Connor picks Matt Lupo’s brain about his latest solo effort, Levels:

Upon hearing the opening refrain on Matt Lupo’s Levels, I experienced immediate relief of all burdens—those most apparent, as well as ones I didn’t even know I had.

It’s likely because the music on Levels simply transcends; its aural atmosphere frees. And it’s also likely because Matt Lupo, guitarist of East of the Wall, masterfully created the EP’s sonic landscape with pitch-perfect, devastatingly sweet vocals and insightful songwriting. As a result, Levels may stand as his most profound work to date.

Head over to Osprey Music Magazine for the complete interview.

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OPUL Streaming New EP “Levels” – American Aftermath

“Fans of the spacey alternative rock of Hum and Failure, or the driving post-hardcore grooves of Quicksand will likely be enamored with these three tracks.” – American Aftermath

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OPUL “Levels” – Osprey Music Magazine

Levels is a truly satiating aural experience, where […] unapologetically beautiful harmonies, shapes, and textures arrange themselves into three well-composed, inexhaustibly lush songs.” – Osprey Music Magazine

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OPUL: MetalSucks Streams New Solo EP By East Of The Wall Guitarist; “Levels” Out Today Via Nefarious Industries – Earsplit Compound

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Levels, the fourth solo recording from OPUL — a.k.a. Matt Lupo of East Of The Wall — is now streaming via MetalSucks, as Nefarious Industries releases the layered three-song EP today.

The fourth chapter under the OPUL banner to see release in three years, Levels takes the multi-instrumentalist’s work to new realms, the EP full of guitar-driven, super-melodious, heavy rock riffage that aims for the stratosphere, offering something substantial and infectious, combining elements of progressive/post-hardcore experimentation, modern progressive crossover and soulful folk/indie rock. With all songwriting, instrumentation, vocals, recording and mixing handled by Lupo, and mastering courtesy of Steven Alexander, fans of Quicksand, Sensefield, Shift, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Dredg, East Of The Wall, Maid Myriad and more will enjoy the layered and ambitious twenty-minute voyage showcasing a variety of beautifully-layered vocal arrangements atop both crunching and crystal clear guitar tones and an incredible range of musical diversity.

MetalSucks today streams Levels, including in their write-up alongside the exclusive premiere, “Fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, OPUL is a wholly different beast from East of the Wall — the two projects have little in common besides a sense of creative adventurousness sorely missing from music today — but we’re still confident you’re gonna love it. Lupo’s spacey, soulful vocals, psychedelic, dreamy guitars, and surprisingly swing-infused drumming makes for an achingly beautiful, wholly unique aural experience. If the Star Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey were wearing headphones in that amniotic sac of his while he float through space, he would almost certainly be listening to OPUL’s Levels.”

Discover all of Levels at MetalSucks RIGHT HERE.

Levels is out today through Nefarious Industries digitally, available for purchase HERE.

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Exclusive EP Stream: OPUL’s “Levels” – MetalSucks

“Fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, OPUL is a wholly different beast from East of the Wall — the two projects have little in common besides a sense of creative adventurousness sorely missing from music today — but we’re still confident you’re gonna love it. Lupo’s spacey, soulful vocals, psychedelic, dreamy guitars, and surprisingly swing-infused drumming makes for an achingly beautiful, wholly unique aural experience. If the Star Child from 2001: A Space Odyssey were wearing headphones in that amniotic sac of his while he float through space, he would almost certainly be listening to OPUL‘s Levels.” – MetalSucks

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Hey! Listen to OPUL’s Levels EP! – Heavy Blog is Heavy

The immediate surprise here is the heavy shoegaze wash across Levels‘ 3 tracks. Reverb-laden production and bright, clean tones are front-and-center throughout, which serve as a fitting compliment to Lupo’s very tuneful and melodic vocals. The least surprising thing about these tracks is simply how huge these vocal hooks and choruses are, particularly on opener ‘Presence’ and closer ‘Clarity.’ Lupo has such an incredible knack for these pleasure-centers of melody that always manage to sound fresh and different from one another, and that talent is showcased here from beginning to end. […] At 19 minutes, Levels is a lovely and tight package of ear-worm melodies and powerful songwriting that should leave a lot of listeners looking for more.” – Heavy Blog is Heavy

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OPUL: Stereokiller Premieres Track From New Solo EP By East Of The Wall Guitarist Matt Lupo – Earsplit Compound

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Next week, East Of The Wall guitarist Matt Lupo will release the most ambitious recordings to date from his solo outfit, OPUL, through his latest EP, Levels, and in advance, Stereokiller.com has released the track “Presence.”

The fourth chapter Lupo will release under the OPUL banner in less than three years, Levels takes the multi-instrumentalists’ work to new realms, both in exploration and delivery. The EP is full of guitar-driven, super-melodious, heavy rock riffage that aims for the stratosphere. Something tangible is here offered to fans of progressive/post-hardcore experimentation, modern progressive crossover and soulful folk/indie rock. All of these attributes can be felt in the infectious nearly five-and-a-half minute opening rocker, “Presence,” and only continues to unfold through the remainder of the witty recording. Nefarious Industries will release Levels digitally on January 13th.

Experience “Presence” for yourself through Stereokiller at THIS LOCATION.

Having been a main part of the morphing entity which transformed from The Postman Syndrome in the early 2000s, and into what is East of The Wall Today, through OPUL, Matt Lupo delivers plenty of the guitar and vocals he is known for providing for his other musical acts in addition to bass, drums and all other instrumentation and songwriting. On his fourth solo excursion, the layered and ambitious Levels is a twenty-minute voyage showcasing a variety of beautifully-layered vocal arrangements atop both crunching and crystal clear guitar tones and an incredible range of musical diversity, fully written, performed, recorded and mixed by Lupo himself, and mastered by Steven Alexander. Fragments of everything from Quicksand, Sensefield, Shift, A Perfect Circle, Radiohead, Dredg, East Of The Wall, Maid Myriad and more can be discovered within Levels, while the EP stands tall on its own merit in every way.

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Opul Releases Three Song Levels EP – Covering the Scene

“Think of it as an experiment of what Pink Floyd, Sting/The Police, Radiohead, heavy indie rock with bits of folk and The Beach Boys gone dark would sound like spread across three distinctive songs.” – Covering the Scene

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