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The Ocean Release New Track “Devonian: Nascent” Featuring Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse

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I’m pretty much only interested in listening to Ryan Adams, Butch Walker and Jenny Lewis at the moment — I’m sorry if that bums you out, but you can take comfort in knowing that I’ll most certainly allow Robyn’s new album into my rotation when it comes out later this month — but I guuueeeeesss I’ll make an exception for The Ocean. Who am I kidding, I’ll definitely make an exception for The Ocean! Their new album Phanerozoic I: Palaezoic will be one of the best releases in any genre from here until the end of 2018, I can tell you that for a fact.

So: the album’s first single, “Permian: The Great Dying,” was pretty damn great, and today we get another taste with “Devonian: Nascent.” This 11-minute epic starts off calmly enough and, in typical Ocean-ian fashion, gradually morphs into an all-out banger before you realize what’s happened. How on earth did we get from Point A to Point B to Point C to Point D? No clue, but this is exactly the kind of subliminal mindfuck The Ocean have always been so adept at seamlessly executing. The perennially haunting vocals of Katatonia’s Jonas Renkse lend this track even more dynamic; his parts are absolutely perfect.

Phanerozoic I: Palaezoic comes out on November 2nd via Metal Blade and can be pre-ordered here. The Ocean will be on tour in Europe this fall with Rosetta, Årabrot and others. Guest appearances by Robyn rumored but not confirmed. Dates underneath the embed.

The Ocean with Rosetta and Årabrot:

31/10 KARLSRUHE, HALLOWEEN DUDEFEST (DE)
01/11 PARIS, BACKSTAGE (FR)
02/11 LONDON, THE DOME (UK)
03/11 LEEDS, DAMNATION FEST (UK)
04/11 EINDHOVEN, PROG METAL ALLIANCE (NL)
05/11 MÜNSTER, SPUTNIKHALLE (DE)
06/11 WIESBADEN SCHLACHTHOF (DE)
07/11 SION, LE PORT FRANC (CH)
08/11 MILAN, SANTERIA SOCIAL CLUB (I)
09/11 MUNICH, STROM (DE)
11/11 BRATISLAVA, RANDAL (SK)
12/11 CLUJ-NAPOCA, FORM SPACE (RO)
14/11 BUCHAREST, CONTROL CLUB (RO)
15/11 TIMISOARA, REFLEKTOR (RO)
16/11 BUDAPEST, BLUE HELL (HU)
17/11 ZAGREB, MOCHVARA (CR)
18/11 KRAKOW, ZET PE TE (PL)
19/11 WARSZAWA, PROXIMA (PL)

The Ocean with LLNN & Briqueville:

27/12 ROSTOCK, MAU CLUB (DE)
28/12 JENA, KASSABLANCA (DE)
29/12 NÜRNBERG, CLUB STEREO (DE)
30/12 BERLIN, LIDO (DE)

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