Being As An Ocean – Black & Blue (Track Of The Day, 6th September)

Californian post-hardcore band Being As An Ocean have taken their band’s ownership into their own independent hands. After some uncertainty with label Equal Vision, Michael, Tyler, Joel and Ralphie announced on 20th August that they bought out their contract, and had two new singles ready to drop over a fortnight.

The second of those singles (and our Track Of The Day today) is “Black & Blue”. The long awaited album Waiting for Morning to Come is just around the corner now, releasing 8th September.

“Black & Blue” opens with cinematic and soaring pulses before clear vocals over gentle beats pull our focus toward love. It’s not a Hallmark love, it’s a love that’s been defined by experience. A metaphor for all that went wrong in the name of ‘love’.

That wrong-ness expands sonically into heart-wrenching beats and roars bearing an aggressive desperation, like ‘are you even listening?!’. Suddenly we too are swimming in the grittiness of all of the things that went wrong.

“Have you ever heard that love is a metaphor?
For the way you failed me, and now, I’m failing you”

Smoothly and ambiently there’s a shift that expands the track even further, if that’s even possible, taking on a sense of not fighting but being overcome and skillfully manipulated. This electronic storm and build up with accelerating hand-clap forces feels like panic.

Too calmly the thought of death appears, and mind-pummeling questions of capability compete for attention through further desperate screams. With just an empty beat, it’s uncomfortable silence for this person who has lost view of knowing how they’ll continue to cope.

With closing chorus a collision of intertwining vocals and nerve jangling percussion and effects, there’s no calm resolution here, just a sense of being left unsettled by the concept of love being left so stripped of beauty.

You need to hear this one yourself, and stay tuned for the Waiting for Morning to Come on 8th September.

Kel Burch

Creator and caretaker of Depth Mag, Kel uses her superpowers of empathy, word-weaving, and feeling everything deeply, to immerse herself in music before returning to reality to write about her experience with it.

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