The Ocean Party - Soft Focus

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Soft Focus is the fourth studio album by Australian indie rock band The Ocean Party, released in November 2014 by Spunk Records.

There’s an assuredness and polish to Soft Focus that raises the bar from previous releases, while it encompasses the local way of life better than ever. Carefree and gentle, the tracklist embodies a sense of laid-back ease that’s unmistakably Australian from beginning to end – and contradictory to the band’s frenetic output.

The tunes are light on their feet, opting for a subtle selection of Eighties-pop undertones mixed with a buoyant, contemporary lyricism, and they seamlessly blend with one another to create an immersive yet snappy listening experience.

The nonchalant attitude of Soft Focus is further amplified by its even-tempered instrumental foundation. A heavy reliance on tranquil synth dominates the release, however sporadic injections of saxophone runs and country licks liven up an otherwise two-dimensional sound. 

Introductory tracks “Went Out” and “Wading In” speak volumes of the band’s style. Their respective melodies are memorable and catchy, supported by the bubbly Aussie pronunciation lathered over the lyrics. Charming keyboard tunes and understated guitar twangs ooze relaxation, magnifying The Ocean Party’s blissful demeanour and cementing the album’s seaside calm. 

Bed As A Grave” showcases an unexpectedly melancholy side to the band. Mood swings and crippling loneliness drive the track with a strong focus on downbeat string compositions and a newfound darkness within the words. The vocals themselves received a helping hand from Melbourne artist Ashley Bundang, resulting in an eerie set of sounds that epitomise the emotions at hand. 

Soft Focus promotes a surprising sense of refined musicality that’s obscured beneath the easy-going surface. Its relaxing tunes encompass the best of both worlds, perfect for unwinding or thinking along to.

 Check out the tracks: “Head Down” and “Deluded”. 

This LP record is on black vinyl with a printed inner sleeve and digital download code, pressed in Australia.

(0602537996032)

Tracklisting:

 

 

Title

Time

A1

Went Out

3:16

A2

Wading In

3:18

A3

Sharps And Taylors

2:52

A4

Head Down

2:53

A5

Bed As A Grave

2:56

A6

Floodlights

2:58

B1

Charters Towers

4:06

B2

Deluded

2:55

B3

Norman Street

4:07

B4

Cut Throat

2:46

B5

Still Suck Out Here

3:08

SKU 0602537996032
Record Label Spunk Records
Label / Model # Universal
Catalogue Number URA4661
Country AU - Australia
Release Date (Year) 04 November 2014
Original Release Date (Year) 04 November 2014
Barcode # 0602537996032
Shipping Weight 0.2700kg
Shipping Width 0.005m
Shipping Height 0.314m
Shipping Length 0.314m
Shipping Cubic 0.000493m3
Type New
Format Limited Edition LP Record, Black Vinyl, Printed Inner Sleeve, Digital Download Code
Vinyl Colour Black
Genre Rock
Genre Pop Rock
Genre Indie Rock
Genre Indie Pop
Format VINYL LP

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