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Waterstrider – “White Light”

6 Jan


We’ve spoken before a few times about serendipity, fortune and the Universe getting involved in life, how it sometimes prompts us to write about something specific or how connections appear between tracks and artists we’ve posted about. Well in the last couple of days the Universe hasn’t so much been prompting and nudging us to write about California five-piece Waterstrider, more walking up to us and slapping us round the face with a giant fish while yelling ‘write about Waterstrider’.

Seriously, it started when their latest track “White Light” started playing on Soundcloud while we were scrolling through our inbox and saw an email from them. Then further down was another email about them, and then the track kept popping up everywhere. A few of the sites we read started posting it, people we follow on Soundcloud re-posted it, we’d go on Hype Machine and there it was, and most of all, every time we opened the inbox on our tablet, it kept scrolling to the Waterstrider submission.

So, message received Universe, we are now writing about Waterstrider.

Thankfully, after all that otherworldly pressure being placed on us to write, “White Light” is a quality piece of indie-poppery with intricate and playful guitar jangles and scattergun rhythms. It is pretty much exactly what you (well, we) would want to hear at this time of year. It’s quite bright, quite uptempo and energetic without being too full on and in your face. It’s like getting back to work and catching up with all your friends there and having a good catch up over the watercooler, not like getting back to work and being bombarded by overly enthusiastic and chirpy bastards who won’t shut up about every minute detail of their break. Not that there are any people like that in our office of course…

Ahem. Yeah. So, stream “White Light” below and let Waterstrider know via their social media links (after the track) if you like it. Tell them the Universe sent you.

”White Light” is taken from Watertrider’s forthcoming debut album, ‘Nowhere Now’, and will be released as a AA single on 29 January.

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Ocean Calling – “White Light”

30 Jul

Ocean Calling

Back in March, Sophie Wilkie reeled us in with nothing more than a quirky and gorgeous pronunciation of the word ‘snow’. That and the superbly evocative song “Desert Sky Scarlet” that contained it.

Having taken us off on a grand adventure around the world, Sophie is back as Ocean Calling and the travel bug has clearly bitten her again, “The open road is calling /out our name / let’s leave tonight” she sings. With a gleam in her eye she smiles and reaches out to us and we can’t help but raise our hand to hers to be whisked off once more.

“White Light” has a gorgeously mid-nineties pop feel to it, dream pop before we knew what dream pop was, like a modern dubstar but with more grandeur and beauty laden within. Her lyrical imagery is exquisite, capturing the breathtaking magnificence of nature. The world around us is majestic and Ocean Calling wants us to experience it, share it and love it. If nothing else, she is making us want to travel and you can be sure that as we ride the train, boat, truck, elephant to wherever and everywhere that it will be her music providing the soundtrack.

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