New Subscriber Playlist: “By the Light of the Soleilmoon”

Subscribers can listen to a collection of songs that might have once been found in the pages of Soleilmoon’s mail order catalog.
Soleilmoon

During the late ’90s, Portland-based Soleilmoon Recordings was absolutely essential to my discovery and acquisition of new music, thanks to their eclectic catalog full of obscure and experimental artists. This month’s playlist — titled “By the Light of the Soleilmoon” — contains a slew of artists that graced their catalog’s pages, ranging from neofolk (Current 93, Nature and Organisation) to electronic music (Muslimgauze, Mark Van Hoen, Darren Seymour) and everything in-between.

Accompanying the playlist is the latest episode of my“Playlist Breakdown” podcast, in which I spotlight one of the playlist’s songs and why it’s so special, interesting, and/or meaningful. In this episode, I discuss “Bloodstreamruns,” a surreally beautiful neofolk song from Nature and Organisation featuring the talents of Michael Cashmore and Current 93’s David Tibet.

Both of these are little bonuses for subscribers who support Opus financially. If you’d like to get access to them (and more), subscribe to Opus for $5/month or $50/year. (Also, you can subscribe for free and get weekend reading recommendations.)