|Spunk / Caroline International
Release Date: 13 November 2015
Format: LP Vinyl
|The Ocean Party Light Weight Limited Vinyl LP
The Ocean Party is thrilled to announce Light Weight, their fifth album in just three years. The record will be released on October 9 in Australia and New Zealand via Spunk Records, and November 13 in UK and Europe via Caroline International.
As their first album recorded in a studio, Light Weight has a refined pop sound coloured with touches of horns and pedal steel. Recorded in their adopted home of Melbourne with John Lee (Lost Animal, Love of Diagrams) at the helm, the prolific young band explore their sound along avenues they had only touched on with earlier releases.
Inspired by 80s pop and post-punk, but firmly grounded in the current day, the six songwriters amalgamate their inspirations into a unique collage. From intimate and brooding to upbeat and quasi-psychedelic, Light Weight is a dynamic collection of songs crafted by the band over the last eight months.
As the inaugurating album for new bass player/song-writer Mark Rogers, Light Weight is another step in the bands shared writing process with all six members singing and writing lyrics. Furthermore, Light Weight features a number of cameos from familiar Melbourne musicians – Ashley Bundang (Totally Mild, Zone Out) singing backing vocals and Aaron Silver (Francolin) contributing trumpet.
Last year’s Soft Focus was AMP long listed, and featured in many end of year lists, including #3 on the Mess+Noise Readers Poll and #5 on the Critics Poll. After growing support from Australian radio, Soft Focus was Packet Album at triple j and received heavy rotation at community radio nationally.
During their short history, The Ocean Party has supported the likes of Real Estate, Stephen Malkmus and Cass McCombs. Last year they made their US debut at CMJ, and played a bunch of shows along the East and West Coasts. The Ocean Party will be continuing their tradition of roaming through the back roads of Australia this October and November to launch Light Weight, visiting friends and fans in their biggest tour to date.
1. Black Blood
2. Light Weight
3. Phone Sex
4. Guess Work
6. Dirty Money
9. Real Life
10. Grow Up
11. Heat Wave
12. Negative Effect