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The Ocean Release Stunning Video for “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence”

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Which track from The Ocean’s forthcoming new album Phanerozoic I: Palaezoic is my favorite? In addition to the two the band’s released so far — “Permian: The Great Dying” and “Devonian: Nascent” (which features Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse) — they’ve now released a third, “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence.” And on top of that I’ve had an advance copy of the full album for about a month! And on top of THAT it’s all incredibly complex and dense music that takes multiple listens to fully digest. I’m experiencing option paralysis here… I really don’t know! And to think this is just part one of a two-part album!

Check out “Cambrian II: Eternal Recurrence” below along with an incredibly striking video that features singer Loic Rosetti in full makeup as some kind of lichen-creature amidst plenty of oceanic imagery and stop-motion animation. It’s REALLY, really impressive. Explains director Craig Murray:

“This is a practical effects film which leans towards multiple single frame captures to creature the sequences. Everything is built from scratch. There’s long exposure animation, stop frame, miniatures and cloud tanks. If the thing I’m working with can’t be physically picked up and held in my hand, I struggle to understand how to use it; I prefer this long, messy and exhausting process.”

Phanerozoic I: Palaezoic comes out on November 2nd via Metal Blade and can be pre-ordered here.

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