Jens Carelius has released the intricate and thoughtful new album ‘Opsi’ that is dedicated to his great-great-great Grandfather
The new album is actually named after and inspired by his great-great-grandfather Fritz “Opsi” Doerries, the entomologist, and his travels through Eastern Siberia in the late 1800’s. The record is available to stream on YouTube below.
Carelius is the founding member of Norwegian group Atlanter, who won the Spellemann Award (Norwegian Grammy Awards) for Indie/Alternative Music and were described as making “baroque psych-rock somewhere in the Venn diagram between Grizzly Bear and Traffic” by NME.
The second single “All I Know” features entrancing swirling synths but there lies a deeper meaning within the lyrics of the song, explains Carelius: “‘All I Know’ is about how we choose to spend our short time on this earth. The song starts with the clicking of a clock, as I wanted Opsi’s life and his own search to echo how we all live today, which is a totally different world than his. Opsi spent most of his life searching for something unknown and unseen. Never for the fame of it, purely driven by his genuine love for nature and wildlife.”
The first taster of the record came in the form of opening track on the album “Lay Me Down”. Carelius explained the meaning behind the song:
“During Opsi’s 22 years in Siberia, he had several visits to Germany. The diary reveals details of a hidden love story that I’ve chosen to explore in this song. When you really miss someone, you forget about any trouble, pride, and drama that being with them stirs up. You just want that person and that love to be there, even though you know the ordeal it could bring.”
Overall, it is an excellent release that displays Carelius’ Peter Gabriel-like vocals as well as his love for more progressive folk sounds.