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Ultramarine is the first full-length album of new material from Hershey, Pa., dream-poppers The Ocean Blue since 1999's Davy Jones' Locker. Picking up where the six-song 2005 Waterworks EP left us hanging, Ultramarine brings us back to the late '80s, when the pre-grunge alternative scene celebrated the shimmering guitars and keyboards of bands like The Smiths (whose "There Is a Light That Never Goes Out" was covered on an early Ocean Blue EP and became a popular encore), Echo & The Bunnymen, and The Go-Betweens. The band retains the core of singer/guitarist David Schelzel and bassist Bobby Mittan, along with guitarist/keyboardist Oed Ronnie (who joined in 1993) and drummer Peter Anderson (added in 2000). The heady ambience of "Sad Night, Where Is Morning?" and "New York 6AM" show a rust-free quartet working at the peak of its powers. From the Morrissey-like croon of "Blow My Mind" to the slowly ticking drums and sweetly arpeggiated guitars of "Touch Down on Earth," The Ocean Blue lets us know the alternative '80s aren't over until it says they're over.

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So Sublime

For the folks (with exquisite taste I might add) who grew up with New Order, the Smiths, Echo and the Bunnymen, early U2 & R.E.M. the Cocteau Twins and more…this album is for you.

For the folks who now dig the Drums, Wild Nothing, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart, Real Estate, DIIV, Twin Shadow and more…this album is also for you.

The Ocean Blue (and especially this release) is the connection to all of these great artists…at the same time having a unique and great sound of their own.

This new album is fantastic, beautiful and consists of so many elements I love about the kinds of music I choose to listen to. It's honest, it's melodic, it's catchy, it's layered and simple yet complex. In other words, it's a perfect pop record.

Oh this is Gorgeous

Peak of their powers. Wonderful and perfect timing


fanastic! classic OB


Formed: Hershey, PA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Hershey, Pennsylvania alternative pop band the Ocean Blue were formed in 1987 by singer/guitarist David Schelzel, keyboardist Steve Lau, and bassist Bobby Mittan, longtime schoolmates who shared an affection for college radio favorites including U2, Echo & the Bunnymen, the Smiths, and R.E.M. With the addition of drummer Rob Minnig, the group signed to Sire the following year, issuing its self-titled 1989 debut within months of graduating high school; the record immediately found favor on alternative...
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