Oceanator Announces New Album, Shares New Single ‘Get Out’

    Oceanator – the project of Brooklyn singer-songwriter Elise Okusami – has announced a new album called Everything Is Love and Death. The follow-up to 2022’s Nothing’s Ever Fine is set for release on August 30 via Polyvinyl. It’s led by the single ‘Get Out’, which is accompanied by a Paul DeSilva-directed video. Watch and listen below.

    “‘Get Out’ is about fighting your brain and depression when it’s trying to immobilize you,” Okusami explained in a statement. “I wanted to do a video on film, and the inspirations were Buffy and The Outsiders. So we figured if we were going Buffy anyway, might as well make it about literally fighting your demons and the idea for the video was born. Paul and Liz and I had a bunch of talks putting the idea together, and I’m very pleased with how it came out.”

    DeSilva added: “The concept for ‘Get Out’ came largely from Elise (of Oceanator) who wanted to create a fight scene homage to some favorites like Buffy the Vampire Slayer and the Outsiders. With the lyrics being a sort of rallying call to fight back against depression, we settled on a demon character who would steal a symbol of her tranquility and she would chase him down, stopping at nothing until she had regained that peace. Shooting on film was the obvious choice to get the gritty, textural quality we were looking for and Cinematographer Martin Parsekian did a great job capturing the mood, especially during the chaotic fight scene. We hope you enjoy our video for Oceanator’s ‘Get Out!'”

    Everything Is Love and Death finds Okusami working with Grammy-nominated producer Will Yip. “I feel like these songs are honing in on and parsing the same themes as previous records, more settled and clearer,” Okusami said. “I’ve gotten better at listening to the rational part of my brain, the understanding that things aren’t going to work. I know better but I’m gonna do it anyway, because everything is love and death.”

    Check out our Artist Spotlight interview with Oceanator.

    Everything Is Love and Death Cover Artwork:

    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis
    Konstantinos Pappis is a writer, journalist, and music editor at Our Culture. His work has also appeared in Pitchfork, GIGsoup, and other publications. He currently lives in Athens, Greece.

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