Seattle indie, Spartan Records will release, Be Given To The Soil, the sophomore LP from Virginia Beach, VA’s OVER THE OCEAN, digitally via iTunes, AmazonMP3 and Bandcamp, beginning tomorrow, April 30. The LP is available now on double gatefold vinyl via the Spartan Records online store (http://bit.ly/otovinyl.).)
OVER THE OCEAN was founded by a group of four musical aesthetes from Virginia Beach, Virginia in 2008. With a commitment to crafting some of the most honest and meaningful music possible, they were not content to simply play music that would fit as background noise on an iPhone somewhere. From the very beginning, OVER THE OCEAN set out to create music that stops listeners in their tracks.
Engineered, produced and mixed by Jeremy S.H. Griffith (Underoath, Gasoline Heart) at Singing Serpent Studios in New York, NY, OVER THE OCEAN’s Be Given to the Soil, is the follow up to the band’s 2011 full-length Paper House. Thematically and musically, Be Given to the Soil picks up where Paper House left off. The arrangements are darker, heavier and increasingly more sparse at points, all the while delivering the same level of lyrical complexity that adoring fans loved on their debut. Sonically, their painstakingly crafted follow-up sounds like a living, breathing testament to their growth and maturation as a band. Listening to Be Given to the Soil is as if you were sitting in a room watching them as they sweat out every ounce of passion that was poured tirelessly into each recording. Each song proclaims the loudness of humanity’s inner life – truth, doubt and struggle wrapped up in a disturbingly clear package. Fans of Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, Sigur Ros, Wovenhand, The Appleseed Cast,and mewithoutYou will immediately be drawn to the band’s sound.
Lyrically, Be Given to the Soil doesn’t waste a breath. Every syllable is planned. Every moment is calculated with reckless precision. The record swan dives right into the soul, plunging the unexplained inner depths of the human condition. OVER THE OCEAN knows what they want to say, and say it without shame, apology or irony. From start to finish the record offers raw, gut-wrenching wrestling with the eternal, and without asking, takes you along for the ride.
In an era of the immediate and temporary, OVER THE OCEAN has crafted something timeless. To be clear, this record is not for the faint of heart. You can’t approach Be Given to the Soil half-heartedly. You will either be sonically immersed into a landscape of seeming sonic dysfunction held together by a heart-piercing rhythm section, or you will refuse its advances altogether.
* iTunes: http://smarturl.it/overtheocean
* Amazon MP3: http://bit.ly/otoamazonmp3
* Bandcamp: http://bit.ly/otobandcamp
* Gatefold Double Vinyl: http://bit.ly/otovinyl
God In My Own Image
Air In My Lungs
Kiss the Ground
In this Darkness
Someone has to Bleed
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