The very notion of a double album should be enough to make most people giggle a little bit. There are implications of ‘concept album’ and insinuations of ‘prog-rock’ involved in that notion. Neither of these things are not cool, but they encompass exactly what Origins is, and exactly what M-opus do.
After the release of a stunning debut album 1975 Triptych in 2015, which was thought-provoking as it was sonically mesmerising, the Dublin, Ireland trio didn’t take it for granted and rush into a songwriting process for their follow-up.
The focus of the band’s attention has shifted somewhat, and although the debut was somewhat concept record, Origins is a piece of work that is entirely based on the story that deals with “redemption and destiny, the fulfillment of potential, through the story of a character who is a genius, but is his own worst enemy; a drunk gambler who is increasingly lost.”
Throughout of the album’s 28-track repertoire, you get epic arrangements brought to perfection which are refined through a pleasant filter. Origins intersperses jangled guitars with angular complexities that might fly over some heads – repeat listens are deserved. The songs are organised so intricately that all the nuances and difficulties that might have gone into recording such an extraordinary album are totally lost in its beauty.
At the other end of the spectrum, however, sit songs which will shower the listener with jagged shards of heavy pounding; jagged shards that will bypass your vital organs and instead embed themselves within the deeper, darker echelons of your mind. Some of this album is simply unforgettable.
M-opus really do lead by example: with Origins acting as a fantastic example of how to take inspiration from all the sub-standard facets of day-to-day goings on to create a stunning collection of songs, they’ve proved that not everything in modern life is rubbish.
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