[News] In Solastalgia, Either Way invite the curious to experience existential distress with visual encounter “Opia”

Hailing from Montreal, QC, In Solastalgia, Either Way is an experimental and progressive act that places an emphasis on an experience that triggers all the senses for a truly multidimensional feel. 

The cinematography behind In Solastalgia, Either Way is not something that can be understated. Their music is a complete audio visual experience that dramatically intertwines progressive post-rock and vivid imagery that is best experienced live. In lieu of live events right now, In Solastalgia, Either Way conveys their messages through music videos such as the one for “Opia”. Watch the video below:

Band founder Jean Philippe Hébert explains further: “It’s the scenery we contemplate while driving a car in snowy weather. It all becomes a snowstorm in which the driver is both stuck but also enamoured with the beauty of nature as he sees less and less through his windshield. He stops, there is a feeling of having no control over your present but the calmness of the storm is magnificent, he waits for it to end. But it is also many other stories.”

Opia” is the ambiguous intensity of looking someone in the eye, which can feel simultaneously invasive and vulnerable—their pupils glittering, bottomless and opaque—as if you were peering through a hole in the door of a house, able to tell that there’s someone standing there, but unable to tell if you’re looking in or looking out. This concept is portrayed through the music, frequently changing intensity, and emotions and coming in waves, there is a playful side that works with a nostalgic side.

Solastalgia is a neologism that describes a form of emotional or existential distress caused by environmental change. It is best described as the lived experience of negatively perceived environmental change. Hébert became fascinated by this concept and thus the band was born.

“Opia” is released on digital platforms on May 14, 2021, pucrahse it through Bandcamp: https://insolastalgiaeitherway.bandcamp.com/track/opia

The album “MORII” is expected in Autumn 2021.

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Author: Jacopo Vigezzi

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