If you’re looking for the epitome of Northern Sydney, beach-based, ‘blue waves and too much sun’ type of music, you’re looking for Ocean Alley.
I personally discovered Ocean Alley as I discover many new tunes, sitting behind my desk at work with Triple J on the radio, shazaam-ing the shit out of every fourth song that comes across the airwaves. It was in this fashion that I heard one of their particularly popular songs, Confidence, a single from their album Chiaroscuro, which was released earlier this year.
Coming off the success the album achieved, securing spots on the Triple J Hottest 100, ARIA Album Chart and ARIA Australian Artist Albums Chart, the boys headlined in the USA and America.
I couldn’t manage to make it to the Melbourne show of their Australian tour, but the overload of Snapchats and Snapchat Story’s I saw of the night were enough to make me insanely envious that I wasn’t seeing these boys live. To add some more salt to the wound, they performed a set at Splendour In The Grass, to rave reviews, another set I did not get to see.
If we really want to have a whinge, they’re also playing at Falls Festival, which I am attending. However, due to only managing to get a three day ticket, I’m gonna miss their set which falls on the first day of the festival.
We win some, we lose some.
They’re currently touring around the UK and Europe, and I’m pretty sure they’re set to support Tash Sultana on her North America tour in a couple months, which is insane.
Their song Knees is picking up steam on the Triple J rotation, which is the reason I’m hearing it more and more and loving it a lil bit more every time I do. Not only do they have the cruise-y, slinky type of guitar sounds that are so central to the genre of music, but they have beautiful harmonies too. The entire production and arrangement of that particular song is the reason it’s probably one of my favourites from Ocean Alley overall.
The breakdown in the bridge is the perfect amount of energy and tension to get straight back into a chorus that requires you to sing along with it, whether you in the mosh pit at one of their shows or playing the song over a speaker at home or driving with some friends and listening to it in the car. It’s an easy sound to listen to.
If you’re into some Jimi Hendrix or Dire Straits, definitely give Ocean Alley a listen. I still love thinking back to my experience at BluesFest earlier this year in April, and I feel like they would be the perfect act to round up a lineup over there. Byron Bay, BluesFest, Ocean Alley, it seems like it fits perfectly.
Who knows. There’s always time to add some more acts to next year’s lineup…