Jex Opolis, the Canadian musician, DJ and producer, will release his debut LP this spring.
“Ravines” is a diverse, nine-tune collection for all seasons—from the Brian Wilson-in-Ibiza waltz of “Après-MIDI” to the cosmic hug chug of “Wild Conceits.”
The tracks were conceived at Jex’s home studio in Brooklyn, with live instrumentation added at NYC’s famed Oscilloscope Laboratories, alongside engineers Andre Kelman (Phoenix, the Beastie Boys) and CZ Wang (Mood Hut).
After several years of club-focused singles, Jex says the record was birthed through a desire to explore melody and traditional pop structures.
“Working on this record was about redefining my craft. Like a kid exploring the forest—building new structures, finding new textures. Having fun but also spooking yourself a little.”
Likewise, the title is a nod Jex's childhood expeditions in the woods of rural Canada.
The LP arrives in vinyl and digital formats on April 14, 2017, via Jex’s own Good Timin’ imprint.
released April 14, 2017
All songs composed, produced and mixed by Jex Opolis (SOCAN) at Good Timin’ HQ in NYC.
All keyboards, vocals, live drums and guitars performed by Jex Opolis. Shakers on B1 by Ian D. Knight. Live drums on A1, A2, A3, B1, B2, B3 and B4 recorded at Oscilloscope Labs in NYC by Andre Kelman and CZ Wang.
Additional mixing and processing by Andre Kelman and CZ Wang at Oscilloscope Labs. Additional digital editing completed by Jex at Whole Foods on East Houston.
Mastered and cut by Matt Coulton at Alchemy. Artwork and layout by Elvis Barlow-Smith.
With thanks to the Stuffco family, Ivan Berko and Apiento.