Sinnober – Ophelia

One of  Vodka’s favorite duos, Sinnober, is back to making music again! It has been quite some time since Projection (October 2018). So what’s happened to the husband and wife team since then?  Well, they started a family, got caught up in the pandemic like everyone else, and simply had life to contend with. Enter Ophelia (July 2021) and you can already tell that the magic that these two create together is back 100%.

Sinnober weaves a web of jazz, pop, and folk fusion that is truly unique. Ophelia features Natalie Brice (keyboards, flute, Fender Rhodes) out front with lead vocal duties. She also provides part of the background vocals and is the lyricist for this track. Sebastion Brice (bass, drums, percussion, electric guitars, and synths) contributes background vocals. 

The lyrics are tangentially related to Shakespeare’s Ophelia. Remember that Ophelia is Hamlet’s love interest, but because of the actions of Hamlet, ends up in madness. Natalie sings: 

“You play your cards close to your chest
Duck and dive and second guess
Would it be so wrong to make a mess
Tell me

Sparring with my ego
Holding back and letting go
These fireflies are drowsy from the afterglow
And now I know
How Ophelia must have felt”

Sometimes navigating the messiness of relationships is like madness, and Natalie acknowledges this throughout these lyrics.

You can find more information on Sinnober by heading up to their website which includes all of the required social, streaming, and purchase links. For those unfamiliar with Sinnober’s other work, check Vodka’s past posts.

Pick up Ophelia as a single, or any of the duo’s excellent long players (LPs), on their site. Sinnober is more than deserving of your purchase! Add their music to your collection now!

Note: It looked like we were heading for clear skies with Covid 19. The variants are making a comeback, which means that the livelihoods of artists like Sinnober and many others are still threatened. If your situation allows it, consider purchasing more in these tough times. Please, if you are physically able to do so, get the vaccine! –Vodka