From the young indie jammers The Ocean Party comes a new release, Social Clubs. And the consensus brings good tidings. The Ocean Party is a rather fresh project, having just released their first collection of work not two years ago. For those of you unfamiliar with the quartet, The Ocean Party has done well in just two years to establish a unique yet comparable sound to other slower, steadier indie sounds. Relatively simple but overall easy on the ears while utilizing dream-like vocal textures and equally dreamy, echoic instrumentation (mainly electric guitar, piano, drums), The Ocean Party’s catalog would fit well in the indie section of your local record store. The first thing that comes to mind when listening to The Ocean Party’s new album, Social Clubs, in particular, is relaxation. The balanced rhythms, the space-occupying guitar melodies, and the bouncing of piano keys all form a cool and collected early career album. All in all, it’s not an album to blast and dance raucously to, rather you’d find it much more appropriate to play while writing, visiting with long-time friends, or to accompany the rainy sights you see gazing through fogged-up bus windows.
You are probably familiar with the self-proclaimed single, “In a Knot.” It has been featured on many popular music blogs and is a great taste of The Ocean Party’s sound. It is groovy yet slow-paced and the bass walks you through the track holding your hand as you listen to low register vocals that texture the interjections from a cleanly distorted electric guitar. Followed closely behind on the album is “Lay Me Down” as it seamlessly transitions from its brother track before it. During this track however, the bass is pushed back, and brought forth is a piddle-paddle piano skeleton while the electric guitar’s occupation of space fills your headphones. Other tracks of note include the first, “On the Floor,” which offers a taste of creative dissonance and “Locusts” which exemplifies the heartfelt consciousness we have come to expect from The Ocean Party.
Moreover, Social Clubs is perfect for the indie listener and for others looking to try something new. The album is genuine and a great addition to your smooth grooves playlists. The sound fills a room without demanding the utmost attention to its presence yet at the same time one could just as easily consume their self in its entirety.