The first release on a new label inspired by old-school Belgian dance music.
The rolling bassline of "Gadarene" is vintage Van Hoesen, but the volatile leads suggest a ruder sound has been unleashed. That comes out even more boldly on "Kres," where the bassline sounds like a series of belches. The title track is the EP's most explosive. A descending melody ripples like a stone skipping across a pond as other sounds seem to detonate underneath. It sounds like Van Hoesen is trying to knock his own track off-centre, but it steamrolls ahead. Back in 2013, Van Hoesen tried to capture the anything-goes feel of a hardware live set with Life Performance. Opal Balance does it better, showing Van Hoesen's sound in an aggressive, unpredictable new light.