|Band:||Defy The Ocean|
For some reason, it seems that British music has been following me over the last few weeks, as I had encountered the prog metal act Beholder and produced an analysis of the latest works by Anathema (the latter only available in Italian as of the moment).
Defy The Ocean is a relatively new name in the British post-rock (or post-metal? or progressive rock?) scene that has already brought us many notable bands. However, this duo placed themselves in an area somewhat different from their more famous counterparts, first of all by adding lyrics and actual vocals to their music.
The cover artwork of the EP "Elderflower" (designed by Australian artist Erin Smith) also contributes to placing words and their interpretation at the forefront, as the skull is actually composed of petals and letters which can only be noticed at a closer and more refined look. The EP also signals a big step forward from the 2012 debut "Myopic", as Chris Theo (vocals/guitars) and Marcos Economides (vocals/drums) have further explored the possibilities of this constantly expanding style, moving from the slightly more metal-oriented sound they played in their previous work. We can even hear echoes of Steven Wilson in the way vocals and guitars interact with each other ("Veil" or "Brine"), and it is actually quite difficult to place this EP under a single "tag", as has been the case with most progressive/post music recently coming out from the area.
Defy The Ocean's EP is officially going to be released in September 2016, and you can find all relevant information about it and also listen to the songs previews through their many social media channels. If you are into this style, you will find yourself captured by the thirty-odd minutes making up "Elderflower", wanting to "believe in something ultimately beautiful".