First off, I have to put my cards on the table. Pop is not typically my go-to genre. Neither is dance music. Nor is synth. And yet, I now have some synth-dance-pop stuck in my head. I’ve yet to really decide if that’s a good or bad thing for me. But it’s certainly a good thing for Oceanlux with the release of their first full-length album Versa Vice.
There is a wonderful vulnerability in the melancholic, yet strangely peppy vocals of singer Daisy Draper. Coupled with the dark, yet fully dance-worthy synth and beats of Brandon Weaver, this dynamic dance duo really has hit on something that is simultaneously interestingly complex, and simply available for an immediate physical release.
I almost can’t believe that I’m saying this, but I have to admit that perhaps the biggest problem with this debut full-length album is that it is only five tracks long. It hardly feels full-length. And that may have been a mistake in marketing the album as such. Regardless, Oceanlux will certainly find play in a number of places. Clubs, dance radio, and the bedrooms of both the angsty and the lusty.
There is a clear degree of talent between these two musicians to make such a large sound with nothing but vocals and electronic instrumentation. Just when you think a composition is pretty simple, a new element is introduced that makes you think “that is a very interesting choice”. And if it doesn’t end up being a fairly simple track like closing track ‘Bruises‘, then the simplicity is disregarded thanks to the beautiful innocence of Draper’s voice, along with the melodic hook that is the chorus.
What’s interesting is that, in spite of the boons of that track, I find ‘Madness‘ getting stuck in my head quite more fully. Which sounds quite disconcerting, but I guess that might be the goal of a track with such a title. It’s perhaps the most “pop”-like song and opens the album, and it certainly sticks in one’s mind. Hence why I’ve yet to decide if it’s a good thing for me or not.
If you’re into intriguing female vocals, interesting synthetic compositions, and something to dance (and maybe grind) to, then check out Oceanlux’s first full-length album Versa Vice! Give a listen to the album right HERE. And learn more about this duo right over HERE.