The Story Of Opāru
Opāru is the stunning musical endeavor of Los Angeles based songwriter, singer and actress Dianna St. Hilaire. Opāru’s music can be described as electro with a dark ethereal undertone. Combined with dreamy operatic vocals, Opāru’s work creates a unique depiction of modern synth-pop culture.
Originally from Albuquerque, New Mexico, St. Hilaire started to write and perform music at a very young age in choir and musicals. Self taught, her first instrument was the piano and she worked tirelessly at the craft of reading and writing music. When St. Hilaire was in her late teens she began performing with punk bands and for producers as a back up/ studio vocalist in New Mexico, where she took on her first musical alias, the highly successful group Versailles. Partnering with the infamous Kim Fowley (The Runaways, Kiss, Joan Jett, Alice Cooper), she has toured the US extensively, been featured on the official Grammy ballots, as well as charting on Billboard. Versailles’s music was also on rotation with popular stations across the U.S. including KROQ and NPR tastemaker KCRW.
St. Hilaire reinvented herself in late 2015 with the new project Opāru, deriving from the Japanese name of the birthstone opal. Opāru’s roots stem from dream pop, synthpop, indietronica and new wave. “The music represents pure animalistic human emotion”, St. Hilaire confesses, “It epitomizes what it is like to be human by transcending the human experience with self-discovery and acceptance of who we are on an emotional level.” Influences can be found throughout the record including the likes of Mt Eden, Odesza, Aurora, Lindsey Stirling, Chvrches, Black City Lights and Grimes.
Los Angeles based artist and songwriter Opāru returns with a brand new single, “Ghost to Follow,” on the heels of her critically acclaimed song “The Deep End” (Huff Post, Hype Machine etc.) “Ghost to Follow” is a regal and majestic journey that explores the deep human desire for belonging, purpose and acceptance. With powerful piano chords at the song’s core, producer Josh Stevens (LMFAO, Jennifer Lopez, Pitbull,) creates a dark, dreamlike soundscape on which Opāru’s divine operatic vocals dance with ambient strings and modern synths, giving the emotional record a touch of pop appeal.
The accompanying lyric video shows a miniature world created by Francis Gonzalez, made of many small everyday items. It represents a shadow of the real world. Through beautiful lighting and effects, we see a journey of desolation, longing and self-reflection, embodied by a doll carved from matchsticks, who represents one’s ghost of themselves.