12 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

“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.”

EDITORS’ NOTES

“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.”

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