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Close Enough

by Opaq Face

An intriguing mix of songs ranging in style from alternative dance anthems to subtle, moody ballads.
Genre: Pop: New Wave
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
"Close Enough", the debut CD by Atlanta, GA, USA electropop band OPAQ FACE, provides an intriguing mix of songs ranging in style from alternative dance anthems to subtle, moody ballads. With the powerful combination of synths and rhythm guitars, OPAQ FACE has developed a unique, cross-genre soundscape reminiscent of alternative pioneers New Order and Depeche Mode.

Members

Members
OPAQ FACE is Austin Selberg (drums), Michael Sidner (bass), Jason Daniel Pruitt (guitars) and Jeremy Herskowitz (vocals & synths).

2002-2003: With common interests in music and the desire to create something unique, Jeremy Herskowitz and guitarist Rob Bishop formed OPAQ FACE. They recorded and produced the band’s debut CD, “Close Enough”, at B.P. Studio in Atlanta, Georgia.

2004-2005: “Close Enough” was mastered by Informatik’s Da5id Din at Corrosive Audio, San Francisco, CA. Following a June 2004 release, "Close Enough" met critical acclaim from independent press and more importantly fans of the genre.

2006: With a new sound and direction poised, members Michael Sidner, Austin Selberg, and Jason Daniel Pruitt join OPAQ FACE.

2007: OPAQ FACE performers in support of Informatik and The Cruxshadows as well as headlines shows across the southeastern US. The "Buzz Killed" EP is released.

For "Close Enough" reviews, interviews with the band, images, and additional sound clips visit www.opaqface.com.


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SynthPoP For The Masses

After listening to the whole album I felt a craving for more music by Opaq Face.
From the beginning I was thrilled by the casual performance of their largely melancholic compositions. The use of the acoustic guitar covers an essential part. Without this organic element, the music otherwise would lose its warmth and charm. Jeremy also uses soft electronic instruments like strings, piano, chorus and oboe (e.g. Alone, Moment) to create a very gentle and uncongested musical background.
The music sometimes reminds me of the New Order 1989 album "Technique", but it's more melancholic and sensitive. The singing is kept very linear which depends on the limited vocal range of the singer. Well, I sometime wished a more vivid interpretation of the lyrics that could essentially strengthen the expressiveness of their songs. My absolute favourite is "Walk With God" which starts with an acoustic guitar intro and then transforms to a great dance track that is based on heavy synthetic strings and voluminous beats. I also like the alternation of menacing synthesiser sounds, soulful chorus, followed by acoustic guitar elements.. Unfortunately this debut includes only 7 tracks with a total running time of approx. 30 minutes. After listening to the whole album I felt a craving for more music by Opaq Face. I have to recommend this music to all people who like mid speed electronic classics and ballads supported by acoustic guitars.

Jason Baker

Highly recommended!
Released independently, the album features 7 original tracks, clocking in at just under 30 minutes. Musically, the steady backbone of acoustic rhythm guitar really adds a neat flair to this synthpop album, and the deep, emotive vocals really emphasize the well written and passionate lyrics.

There's obviously a lot of passion and energy that went into this album. That's all conveyed simply in the vocal performance, as the the vocalist seems to really pour his heart into each and every song, while avoiding sounding overblown or exaggeratedly emotional (read: cheesy). The only drawback I could possibly see to this vocal approach is that lighter material, such as DM's "Just Can't Get Enough", would not work well at all if sung in this style. But this heavier, more weighty and emotional material works perfectly for it.

I find it really hard to pick out one single song to spotlight here. They all were impressive, but "And I" was a excellent choice for a track to lead off the album, as it perfectly sets the tone and mood for the next six songs. About the only track I thought didn't come off as well was "Moment", as I just had a niggling sense of unevenness to the song.

While not as dark and heavy as Diary Of Dreams, this material does have a very heavy and dark cast to it, so fans of bands such as De/Vision and Statemachine would probably find this the most appealing. This really was a very impressive debut, both in production and songwriting. About the only thing I would change is the length of the album, as it is a tad on the short side, but otherwise it is very solid. Highly recommended!

100% Unnatural Zine

Opaq Face certainly have the style of classic, mature goth-pop down cold.
While the witches and warlocks of goth rock (and its synthpop-infused scion “darkwave”) have cursed music listeners with some ridiculous Count Chocula crap over the years, they’ve also blessed us with some gorgeous art pop, adorned with stately sadness that most conventional rock bands can’t hope to match. It’s precisely this aesthetic that the Decatur, Georgia-based duo Opaq Face aspire to evoke, from their sparse acoustic-guitar-and-synth arrangements reminiscent of Peter Murphy’s brooding solo work, to the very cover art and title of their debut EP Close Enough, ripping off Joy Division’s Closer with a sly wink. The winking attitude carries over into the band’s music as well, to positive effect: Opaq Face manage to avoid taking their own seriousness too seriously.
“And I”, the opener, accelerates along the runway with some fast, chiming acoustic guitar chords, achieving liftoff once the drum machine and synthesizer strings kick in. The feel is so early-90s New Order that, when instead of Bernard Sumner’s fey falsetto we hear Jeremy Herskowitz’s baritone, some listeners might do an aural double-take. The lively beats and melodies spill over into “Walk With God”, buoying the occasionally heavy-handed lyrics ("I have prayed for an answer to the greatest mystery / like everyone before me, awaiting destiny"), joined by the kind of Moby-esque string pads one would expect in any techno song with “God” in its title.

“Tears In Wine” follows a tantalizing, spaced-out yet upbeat intro that suggests the Cocteau Twins with some less intriguing verses and choruses (but the brige is worth waiting around for). “Alone” glides from gloomy piano-ballad verses to bittersweet dance-pop choruses gracefully enough, while “Moment” is another case of an interesting introduction (this one reminiscent of classic Vangelis) that fails to deliver with its standard Euro-synthpop main section. “Endlessly” recycles the basic formula of “And I”, while the closing cut “I wish…” throws a gloomy coat of black paint on the proceedings - albeit with a few slits left open for sunlight.

Close Enough more or less reviews itself in its title. Though none of its songs are likely to join Peter Murphy’s “Strange Kind of Love” or Joy Divison’s “Atmosphere” as classics of the genre, it’s certainly close enough in quality to satisfy anyone looking for something new to listen to in that vein. Opaq Face certainly have the style of classic, mature goth-pop down cold. Perhaps next time, if they push themselves, they can capture a bit more of the substance.

Proteus93

The lyrical content is well thought out, touching and sensitive.
"Close Enough" is the debut EP from Georgia based act Opaq Face. The sound hints at a Wolfsheim influence in a sense, though it is not something to be directly compared. The vocal work provided by Jeremy Herskowitz gives the disc a somewhat "gothpop" sound, and Rob Bishop's acoustic guitar offers a pleasant roundness to the electronics. Both appear to be rather experienced, making this a promising debut. With the mastering expertise of Da5id Din (Informatik, din_fiv), the final product is well polished.
Several of the tracks have an accessable, lighter dancefloor appeal to them, with a couple of more relaxed inclusions to balance out the release. Each track was placed intelligently to provide such balance, and makes for an easy listening experience from beginning to end. "And I" and "Walk With God" give the disc a push-start, each carrying a moving tempo accented by Bishop's guitar work, and manage to catch the attention of the listener to listen further. With 'Tears in Wine' and "Alone", the four-on-the-floor beat is dropped for a more relaxed beat, electric piano, and airy pads standing out a touch more than the first two. By this point in the release, the duo have displayed a comfortable and perhaps somewhat capricious approach to their work. Personally, a stand-out track is towards the end, with "Endlessly." Both the melody and the tempo present an affable sound all around. Bringing the album to a close is "I wish...", bringing with it a melancholic closure.
The lyrical content is well thought out, touching and sensitive. The release suggests a very promising future for this pair, and would stand well on a label discography in itself. With hope, the full length will release as such. Regardless, this is certainly not a disc to overlook easily, and carries enough skill and quality to stand up well as an independent release.