“Chiaroscuro” is an artistic technique that contrasts light and dark shades to dramatic effect. It’s a fitting title for Ocean Alley’s sophomore record, which balances smooth, woozy psychedelia with swaggering rhythms, wailing guitars and a myriad of influences from reggae and surf to straight-up rock. Where epic opener “Corduroy” and “The Comedown”—a hazy ode to the morning after—showcase their mastery over sing-along choruses, wild solos and gorgeous harmonies, the Sydney six-piece showcase a softer side on the dark, intimate “Rage” and the acoustic closing track, “Man You Were Looking For”.
Three Steps To The Ocean is an instrumental project born in 2006 in Milan, Italy. The band combines massive riffs, sonic progressive textures and desolate soundscapes in a unique context.