REVIEW: OUR OCEANS – “Our Oceans”
If the feeling of letting one’s self go had to be captured in the music of one album, Our Oceans’ self-titled debut release would be just the thing. ‘Our Oceans’ is nothing short of being a sheer magical album.
The album starts out with the song “What If” and this beautiful opening is akin to a tender start to Spring. The serene work on the guitars, drums, fretless bass and vocals on this song sets the mood for the rest of the album; but in no way is it short of subtle yet lovely surprises. This is followed by the song “Tangled”, which has a dash of predictability in every nice way possible, and works very well in its finer parts.
The song “Precarious” is another beautiful number that starts out with a catchy guitar riff before incorporating all the other musical factors that have so far made up the album. “Am I Still Here” is one of the best songs off this album with its vocals being the high point and the instrumental sections fitting so well around it. From here on, it isn’t simply about knowing what to expect from the album but realising how the music in the album works on its established sounds and creates a strong impression with all that it has to offer.
Next come the songs “Turquoise” and “Let Me” that best capture the spirit of the album. They a fine mix of elusive intensity, grace and tranquillity, and are sure to strike all the right chords in anyone. ‘Our Oceans’ then comes to a close with “Reawaken”, whose arrangements are an exquisite end to this album as it slowly fades out.
These fantabulous compositions are weaved by Robin Zeilhorst on fretless bass, Jasper Barendregt on drums, Michel Nienhuis on guitars and Tymon Kruidenier on vocals and guitars.
‘Our Oceans’ makes a really strong and brilliant first impression for a debut album. The music on this perfectly builds all the right suspense and creates just the right amount of tension in its music. Our Oceans is that one band who’s sound one would think is a great idea but does not make a reality (until now at least). The album certainly shows a definite sense of musical direction in the band, along with the members’ prowess at their roles in the band. The majestic work on the percussions, fretless bass, guitars and vocals are among the best that anyone would come across at any point of time.
The lyrics present themselves with a sheen of soft poetry and fit well with the atmosphere the music creates. The top-notch production on the album ensures that a listener would not miss out on any of the parts of the music, produced by Kruidenier. This is an album that would be hard to put down once you start listening to it.