Ultramarine CD (2013)
Gratitude Meditation songs The Ocean Blue's first full album of new material since 1999's Davy Jones' Locker, 2013's Ultramarine, is a mature, bittersweet collection of melodic guitar and synth-driven pop that ranks among the best of the band's work. What's kind of a revelation here is that the Ocean Blue, who had their biggest success in the late '80 and '90s with such alt-rock hits as "Drifting, Falling" and "Ballerina Out of Control," haven't really attempted to tinker with or contemporize their sound. Essentially, the album picks up on the immaculately crafted sound the band showcased on its 2005 comeback EP, Waterworks. Much like that album, tracks here such as "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" and "Sunset-Moonrise" mix melodic Peter Hook-style basslines, shimmery synthesizer backgrounds, and sparkling guitar ...