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Lost Ocean
Lost Ocean
Credential Records
www.lostoceanmusic.com


It's not often that a band's name fits them so perfectly; without explanation or a story, simply listening to their sound and their words, lets you know why they chose the name they did. When I stuck in the new album by Lost Ocean, I automatically thought "that's a perfect name."

What would happen if you were lost in the ocean, or even if you were a lost ocean? You would be in a whole other world, lost with your own thoughts. That's the impression that I get as to how the members wrote their music, alone with their thoughts. Or perhaps that's simply the feeling they were hoping their fans would experience. Either way, it is some good music. I'm going to skip down to the third song "Just Glide." The reasoning behind this is because this particular song reminds me greatly of one of my favorite bands: Mae. A beautiful piano graces the background of the entire song, coupled with Jeff's (vocals/guitar) amazing voice makes this an incredible song. If you're a Ben Folds fan, then I think you'll enjoy the song "You Are." In this selection, there's the influence of a style of jazz not only in the guitar, which becomes the main instrument to carry the song, but in the piano as well. Next, I'm going to jump to the very last song "Vast." Now, as far as mixing it up a little, this could possibly be my favorite. Although the general theme of the song is slower and more mellow, there's something about Jeff's voice that makes the tone definitely feel like rock. There are a few parts where it's just him and a guitar (with maybe a drum beat thrown in here or there) that are very dynamic. It's such a deep sound, in a lower octave, that I almost hear a NIN influence. This aspect appeals to me, almost instantaneously.

Ok, so I did get a little sleepy while listening to this album. Granted, that could be from my long day at work, as well. However, this album is on the mellower side of music. The piano is incredible and the vocals are superb, which makes for an excellent album. It's easy to get lost in this ocean.

-Rachel Fredrickson

Track Listing:
1. Believe
2. Still Life
3. Just Glide
4. You Are
5. Mute
6. Dreams
7. Everything Is
8. Trust
9. Lights
10. Vast


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