Opus Digest For April 2020

Highlighting Opus' best content from the past month.

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the constant stream of articles, posts, and tweets. It’s hard to know what you should read and what you’ve missed. To help with that, Opus subscribers get a list of each month’s most notable posts and reviews (i.e., the Reader’s Digest version of Opus).

April 1: April 2020’s Best Streaming Titles: Community, Parasite, James Bond, Tales From the Loop, The Straight Story

Surreal situational comedy, Korean cinema, the world’s greatest spy, fantastical sci-fi, David Lynch on Disney+, and more.

April 4: New Subscriber Playlist: “Darla Records Has a Treat for You”

Subscribers can listen to a deep dive into another one of my favorite record labels.

April 4: Astartes: A Warhammer 40,000 Fan Film

In the grim darkness of the far future there is only war… and awesome fan films.

April 5: Being an Introvert During a Pandemic Isn’t All It’s Cracked Up to Be

I miss being able to easily compartmentalize the different aspects of my life right now.

April 8: Beautiful New Ambient Music From Aphex Twin

The six new songs explore Aphex Twin’s more pensive, melancholy side.

April 10: “Alas, Orpheus” by Akira Kosemura

The Japanese composer’s calm, meditative piano arrangements are a tonic for these anxious times.

April 10: “Fast Lane” by Karen Choi

The new song was recorded in response to the pandemic and is a Bandcamp exclusive.

April 11: Iria: Zeiram the Animation by Tetsurō Amino (Review)

Thanks to its exotic-looking visual aesthetic, this sci-fi/action anime title is an overlooked gem from the mid ’90s.

April 21: Roy by Makeup and Vanity Set (Review)

One of synthwave’s finest concludes his Blade Runner-inspired series of EPs with a tribute to Rutger Hauer.

April 24: It Won/t Be Like This All the Time Live by The Twilight Sad

The Scottish noise rockers release a bracing live album in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

April 26: A Perception of Everything by Endless Melancholy (Review)

Endless Melancholy’s latest is the musical equivalent of thumbing through old keepsakes and faded photos.

April 26: Apple’s Revamped and Resized iPhone SE

Apple’s new iPhone SE boasts impressive specs and — sadly but not surprisingly — a bigger screen.

April 28: “Time (You and I)” by Khruangbin

The new single returns to the “classic” Khruangbin sound with slick guitar licks and silky-smooth rhythms.

Click here to see everything I published on Opus in the month of April 2020.

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