Consequence of Sound
“Dramatic dynamic shifts and nifty guitar licks that recall bands like Local Natives and Grizzly Bear.”
“If you’re like me, you will find yourself listening on repeat. Fans of Porches and Sufjan Stevens will definitely approve.”
“Sunny melodies and love-affirming lyrics… certainly make a case that the band is an outstanding example of Winn’s life’s work.”
The Wild Honey Pie
September 9, 2020 – Los Angeles based indie artist Opus Vitae shares his new single “End of the Road
,” a heavy, winding song that calls for some necessary action in a world of destruction. The legendary Tower Records
debuted the track this week with an in-depth interview about quarantine, Los Angeles, and Opus Vitae’s creative process. Today we announce that his full-length album Gramercy
will be available on September 25. The album is an autobiographical product he intends to be a fluid narrative in which each song seeks to capture the emotion or feeling of a moment in time.
According to Banah Winn, aka Opus Vitae, “End of the Road” is “a wakeup call that seems more relevant than ever. Originally, after reading an article that talked about Stephen Hawking saying we need to get our shit together as humans or we’re going to destroy the planet and end our species I wrote End Of The Road. It’s essentially a plea for all of us to do just that.”
In his interview with Tower Records, he expanded on how the song has involved since its origin: “I should say that when I wrote ‘End of the Road’, I had a much more pessimistic view than I do now. Especially during COVID, I’ve had a lot of time for self-reflection and growth, and it’s given me the space to have a more positive view about the world and my life in general. There are elements of this song that I feel are based on thinking that things are going to fall apart. I think they are, but there are two ways to view it: either it’s horrible and things are only going to get worse, or this is bad and it’s actually an opportunity to swing things in another direction.
The latter is ultimately how I’m feeling now. I think that’s our only choice in life. Even if something is bad, objectively, you can see that as an opportunity. My hope is that in four or eight years from now, the world will be in a much better place.”
Much in the same vein as Kevin Parker of Tame Impala, Opus Vitae composes and records everything solo. As someone who places all the work on himself, Banah is a man of much contemplation and emotional discovery. In a similar discourse to Tame Impala, listeners can find themselves lost in the seemingly simple nuances that build into greater intricacies of the mind. Opus Vitae means “life’s work,” something Banah wants to capture and create all while living within the moment.
Originally from Portland, Oregon, Banah grew up the son of hippie parents struggled to find his own voice after the generation of rebellion and excess. Moving to Los Angeles, he’s made a promise to find self-acceptance and empathy for others. In the fast-paced city of dreams, he finds peace through the daily practice of yoga and connecting with others on a visceral level through his music. He’s been featured on Buzzbands, Consequence of Sound, and The Wild Honey Pie, as well as the LA radio stations KROQ, KCSN, and Alt 98.7.
For more info and artist updates, connect with Opus Vitae on social media and follow him on streaming platforms.