The Ocean have been causing a stir around these parts with the promise of a new record this year, and last night they threw a surprise curveball by publishing a page revealing full details of their upcoming album Pelagial, featuring samples of the record’s five key movements. Here are the details cut from the Pelagial‘s epic press release featured on the page:
- The title of the record has been confirmed to be Pelagial, which means “Of, relating to, or living in open oceans or seas rather than waters adjacent to land or inland waters.”
- The album will flow as a continuous 53-minute piece of music.
- Pelagial‘s concept is largely musical. Originally intended to be an instrumental piece with linear composition (moving forward without repeating parts), the record starts light and clean, mirroring the surface of the ocean as the band gradually takes the music further into the depths of the ocean before hitting the ocean floor, where the band gets doomy, crushing, gritty, and atmospheric.
- The album has five main musical movements: Epipelagic, Mesopelagic, Bathyalpelagic, Abyssopelagic, and Hadopelagic. These are depth levels of the ocean.
- Mixed and Mastered by Jens Bogren, the production gets grittier as the music evolves as well, sounding polished at the beginning (Epipelagic) and grittier towards the end (Hadopelagic). The music was mixed as one piece as well rather than on a track-by-track basis, which saw Bogren mixing 288 tracks.
- “There are track marks, and there are actual songs built into this larger structure, but the whole album is a journey rather than a number of loose tracks… some riffs appear in the first 2 minutes of the album and then reappear 30 minutes later”, comments Staps.
- Pelagial will come in 2 different versions that will be released together: with vocals and instrumental.
- Lyrically, the concept equates the depth of the ocean with the depths of the human mind. The album’s lyrical concept is largely psychological and based on the Andrey Tarkovsky film Stalker, Pelagial is a psychological journey towards our own inner self and subconscious… “towards the essence and origins of our desires, wishes, dreams, and all the fucked up attributes inside of our own inner selves that generate and shape them,” says Staps.
- The record will be released on April 26th / 29th (Europe) and April 30th (North America / world).
Judging by the stellar samples, this has potential to be my personal album of the year. A bold claim just three months into the year, but really, dat ‘Abyssopelagic.’ It’s safe to say that we would totally take this record out for a nice seafood dinner and call it back the next day.
European pre-orders are available via Palegic Records for the limited edition CD/DVD and Vinyl box sets. North American pre-orders will become available soon via Metal Blade Records. More info when we get it! Get stoked for April 30th.