HEAR THIS: OCEANATOR
Brooklyn-based Elise Okusami does business as Oceanator, and Things I Never Said is her debut LP on her own Plastic Miracles label, due out 8/28. Having overcome the Tiny Engines debacle and reclaimed her work, followed by the loss of touring with the global pandemic, Oceanator pushes forward, refusing to accept defeat.
The crisp charge of first single “A Crack In The World” is the perfect tone setter, building to a final bridge that turns it into anti-doomscrolling anthem. Presumably written pre-lockdown, new single “I Would Find You” becomes spookily prescient: “if the world went to hell tomorrow…”, dialing it back with an assured but more ethereal approach.
The album release show for Things I Never Said is a full band affair, presented by Baby TV on 8/28, with tickets available here. Colored vinyl editions of the LP can still be ordered through the Oceanator Bandcamp page, and while you’re there, make sure you hit the merch button as well for plenty of cool options, including postcards by Kameron White, (whose image serves as our carousel picture).