Somewhere around 6am Melbourne time, I blinked open my eyes and looked at the notifications on my phone. There was one from YouTube:
NEW FROM UNFD – Ocean Grove – Stratosphere Love
Odd world bandits Ocean Grove had been teasing that a video was about to drop and here it freaking was! I never tapped so fast in my life.
“Stratosphere Love” is the second last track from the incomparable The Rhapsody Tapes album, and one of its most impressive pieces; drenched with gritty anticipation and darkness, huge riffs, rap tinged vocals, before it breaks out into rock massiveness and a drum solo.
“A piece of me is slowly dying
To make it through
Secretly, I pray so hard now
I bet you did too
WHAT WHAT WHAT!”
“Stratosphere Love” is heavy, intense and awesome all at the same time and warrants re-listens (and re-listens) through its death-by-guitar-brillance sound, all the way to the killer outro where drums take focus.
The brand new music video captures all these elements with odd world accents of animation and effects to accentuate the quirk factor. It’s a pretty awesome day when you see a music video of a favourite song that is all you hoped it would be, reflecting the awesomeness of the song and celebrating the band.
Day made, at 6am, in the freezing cold.[Video created by the legends at Crystal Arrow Films.]