WRITE-UP

Jason van Wyk is a South African artist who has been releasing electronic music since the tender age of just 14. Whilst he continues to be known for this work, his most recent output has seen him focus on his beautiful piano playing, intertwined with his subtle sound design and wide open soundscapes.

After having the great fortune to master last year’s ’Attachment’ (Eilean Records) for Jason, we invited him to release his follow-up on Home Normal. After a year in careful development, the result is ‘Opacity’.

It is hard to describe Jason’s latest album in anything other than superlatives. It is an album of such incredible beauty, patience, openness, soul, and subtlety, that we can’t think of a comparative album by anyone, on any label, in years that comes close to the calming serenity of ‘Opacity’. Whilst this might seem like hyperbole to some, I just ask you to sit down, let go, and listen to this pure work of art as it really is very special indeed.

Alongside the alluring dusty-starred photography of Gregory Euclide, Jason has created an album that is timeless and bold; a freeing work of piano-focused tenderness, and huge luminous pads. We can’t wait to share this with you.

‘Opacity’ will be released on September the 30th. We are also releasing a remastered and repackaged edition of ‘Attachment’ on September the 15th.

– Ian Hawgood / Home Normal Records, 2017

PHYSICAL EDITIONS

CD – Home Normal, 2017

CREDITS

All music written & produced by Jason van Wyk
Recorded in Cape Town, South Africa during 2016-2017

Violin: Brittany Dilkes, Gavin Clayton
Cello: Lynne Donson
Piano and electronics: Jason van Wyk

Mastered by Ian Hawgood at Mokoshi
Cover photography by Gregory Euclide

℗ & © 2017 Jason van Wyk.
Under license to Home Normal.
All rights reserved.

PRESS

“Simple, unabashed beauty albeit with sophisticated underpinnings.” Headphone Commute

“Such an assured combination of emotional effusion and rich sound design is rare to find. Exceptional.” Stationary Travels

“Combining piano, strings, and soft pads that stretch to a limitless horizon, Opacity reminds me of soundtracks that would come often from the likes of Jon Hopkins, with tracks such as Glow and Beneath, combining poignant backgrounds with very simple piano or string melodies as heard in the likes of Monsters OST.” A Strangely Isolated Place

Jason van Wyk is not just a musician, he is a sound artist. Opacity shows the South African’s true brilliance and ability to use to his full advantage his talent at connecting what happens in his head to the music that comes through his instruments.” Norman Records

“Jason van Wyk creates a delicate atmosphere, a soundtrack to a special moment that can never be repeated. The sounds are well-honed and everything is in check. Both haunting and incredibly moving, Opacity is one of the year’s highlights, and Jason van Wyk has produced one of 2017’s gems.” Fluid Radio

“On Opacity, van Wyk further explores his combination of calm, serene piano music – sometimes solo, sometimes embedded in soft synth pads. The two albums match together perfectly, in fact these two releases could easily be considered two parts of a double-album full of ‘piano-focused tenderness’.” Ambient Blog

“Timeless and bold, Jason van Wyk’s ‘Opacity’ is a freeing work of piano-focused tenderness and huge luminous pads.” Shiny Beast

“The perfect balance between instrumentation and electronic soundscaping.” In.Visible.Generator

“Opacity is more moving to me when I listen to it all the way through; it is a brooding, icy, yet exploratory work. I can easily see it as the soundtrack to a lonely-space-exploration film.” Independent Clauses

“This is simply a very beautiful piece of work that is a pleasure to listen to.  For “Opacity” van Wyk has taken on some of the elements of “Attachment” added some from his previous work and taken it further. The shorter pieces that come across as Soundtrack-esque is a something that would be interesting to see van Wyk detour into as I think he would pull it off with aplomb.” Drifting, Almost Falling

“This dreamy little number is filled with gorgeous acoustic moments, piano strokes gracing rich drone backfields and counterbalancing more Electronic driven aspects. This is another rather cinematic production as it casts its gaze longingly towards the heavens; I think if you’re looking for a record that captures the essence of Ambient’s purpose and grace, this is it.” Hear Feel

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WRITE-UP

Jason van Wyk is a South African artist who has been releasing electronic music since the tender age of just 14. Whilst he continues to be known for this work, his most recent output has seen him focus on his beautiful piano playing, intertwined with his subtle sound design and wide open soundscapes.

After having the great fortune to master last year’s ’Attachment’ (Eilean Records) for Jason, we invited him to release his follow-up on Home Normal. After a year in careful development, the result is ‘Opacity’.

It is hard to describe Jason’s latest album in anything other than superlatives. It is an album of such incredible beauty, patience, openness, soul, and subtlety, that we can’t think of a comparative album by anyone, on any label, in years that comes close to the calming serenity of ‘Opacity’. Whilst this might seem like hyperbole to some, I just ask you to sit down, let go, and listen to this pure work of art as it really is very special indeed.

Alongside the alluring dusty-starred photography of Gregory Euclide, Jason has created an album that is timeless and bold; a freeing work of piano-focused tenderness, and huge luminous pads. We can’t wait to share this with you.

‘Opacity’ will be released on September the 30th. We are also releasing a remastered and repackaged edition of ‘Attachment’ on September the 15th.

– Ian Hawgood / Home Normal Records, 2017

CREDITS

All music written & produced by Jason van Wyk
Recorded in Cape Town, South Africa during 2016-2017

Violin: Brittany Dilkes, Gavin Clayton
Cello: Lynne Donson
Piano and electronics: Jason van Wyk

Mastered by Ian Hawgood at Mokoshi
Cover photography by Gregory Euclide

℗ & © 2017 Jason van Wyk.
Under license to Home Normal.
All rights reserved.

PRESS

“Simple, unabashed beauty albeit with sophisticated underpinnings.” Headphone Commute

“Such an assured combination of emotional effusion and rich sound design is rare to find. Exceptional.” Stationary Travels

“Combining piano, strings, and soft pads that stretch to a limitless horizon, Opacity reminds me of soundtracks that would come often from the likes of Jon Hopkins, with tracks such as Glow and Beneath, combining poignant backgrounds with very simple piano or string melodies as heard in the likes of Monsters OST.” A Strangely Isolated Place

Jason van Wyk is not just a musician, he is a sound artist. Opacity shows the South African’s true brilliance and ability to use to his full advantage his talent at connecting what happens in his head to the music that comes through his instruments.” Norman Records

“Jason van Wyk creates a delicate atmosphere, a soundtrack to a special moment that can never be repeated. The sounds are well-honed and everything is in check. Both haunting and incredibly moving, Opacity is one of the year’s highlights, and Jason van Wyk has produced one of 2017’s gems.” Fluid Radio

“On Opacity, van Wyk further explores his combination of calm, serene piano music – sometimes solo, sometimes embedded in soft synth pads. The two albums match together perfectly, in fact these two releases could easily be considered two parts of a double-album full of ‘piano-focused tenderness’.” Ambient Blog

“Timeless and bold, Jason van Wyk’s ‘Opacity’ is a freeing work of piano-focused tenderness and huge luminous pads.” Shiny Beast

“The perfect balance between instrumentation and electronic soundscaping.” In.Visible.Generator

“Opacity is more moving to me when I listen to it all the way through; it is a brooding, icy, yet exploratory work. I can easily see it as the soundtrack to a lonely-space-exploration film.” Independent Clauses

“This is simply a very beautiful piece of work that is a pleasure to listen to.  For “Opacity” van Wyk has taken on some of the elements of “Attachment” added some from his previous work and taken it further. The shorter pieces that come across as Soundtrack-esque is a something that would be interesting to see van Wyk detour into as I think he would pull it off with aplomb.” Drifting, Almost Falling

“This dreamy little number is filled with gorgeous acoustic moments, piano strokes gracing rich drone backfields and counterbalancing more Electronic driven aspects. This is another rather cinematic production as it casts its gaze longingly towards the heavens; I think if you’re looking for a record that captures the essence of Ambient’s purpose and grace, this is it.” Hear Feel

Read more

PHYSICAL EDITIONS

CD – Home Normal, 2017