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MP3: Opio (@OpioHieroSOM) & @FreeTheRobots – Stoned Temple Pilot

Announcing the September 18th release date for their ‘Sempervirens‘ album & revealing that it was recorded in a redwoods forest, Souls of Mischief/Hieroglyphics rapper/producer Opio & L.A. beat scene veteran Free The Robots have also shared the project’s second single, “Stoned Temple Pilot”. Opio rhymes atop the looping drum track that’s layered with a spacey synth melody & subtle upright bass groove. “Stoned Temple Pilot” follows the release of the funky, boom-bap single “Point Of View”.

Recorded predominately in a small town in the middle of a redwood grove called Cazadero, ‘Sempervirens‘ is a product of the duo’s time spent along the verdant Northern California coastline.

Opio explains:

“This time spent away from the chaotic concrete jungles we both live in recharged our batteries and set the stage to create art off of the renewed energy from our inspiring journey.”

Free The Robots adds:

“I feel like we are both going through a re-birth and with that, we both have been able to create with no expectations; just open minds.”

Splitting their time between Cazadero, the Sonoma, & Mendocino County coasts while deep in the recording process proved to be a fertile creative landscape to shape the album. The title, ‘Sempervirens‘, comes from the Sequoia Sempervirens, which is the scientific name for the giant redwood tree. The term sempervirens also means “always living”.

This past March, Opio & Free The Robots shared ‘The Subconscious Mind‘ EP, their first collaborative release. Opio & FTR first met at Hiero Day in 2013, and began working together last year, merging their respective skills on production hardware as seen in their Delicious Vinyl TV session.

You can pre-order Opio & Free The Robots’ collabo album ‘Sempervirens‘ on iTunes!!!

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