Opacity Review – Stationary Travels
7 August 2017

South African artist Jason van Wyk made a name for himself on the electronic music scene before shifting several years ago toward minimal composition, a domain that he demonstrates complete mastery over on his third full-length album entitled Opacity. It is an impeccably lush and luminous collection of imaginative pieces that manage to sound expansively cinematic while remaining serene and intimate. Van Wyk’s piano along with Brittany Dilkes and Gavin Clayton on violin and Lynne Donson on cello weave the modern classical magic embellished by opulent layers of electronics used both ornamentally and melodically throughout. Such an assured combination of emotional effusion and rich sound design is rare to find and is a real treat for the ears as well as the soul. Exceptional.