Before the coronavirus swept across the nation, we here at Kingdom of Pavement launched our first night of performances and interviews as a part of our Secret Show series: intimate concerts with some of our favorite rising musicians, poets, and creatives in Los Angeles.
We'll be slowly releasing the incredible performances from that night, starting with Ocean Pleasant.
I was introduced to Ocean's music by our mutual friend Idalia Valles (who I profiled for our first ever issue of Kingdom of Pavement!) and was swept away by Ocean's dreamy vocals, and sugary sweet synth sounds. Her music straddles the line between electro-pop and heartfelt folk, and carries creative lyricism on top of a wave of clever instrumentation.
Follow Ocean on Instagram: (@OceanPleasant) https://www.instagram.com/oceanpleasa... and her producing partner Griffith James (@InnerOceans) http://instagram.com/inneroceans stream their music on your favorite streaming platform!
A big shout-out to Julie and Aunt Bessi's for being our creative home: from open mic nights to small performances and our taped interviews, we're grateful to be able to share such a lovely space with our talented community.
Without further ado, here's Flannery and my interview with Ocean, and her performance of "Hit and Run" and "Party Trick" at our secret show series.
Interview with Ocean Pleasant
One of my (many) favorite parts of this interview is how Ocean talks about her approach to authenticity and cultivating a unique sound.
In Los Angeles, it's easy to be distracted by trends and competition, and I love Ocean's approach to all that noise and how she carves out her own unique space in the world and in her art.
Ocean Pleasant Performing "Party Trick"
Ocean described this as her "anthemic call to self-liberate from half-loves and maybe lovers." It's a triumph of a track, check it out below:
Ocean Pleasant Performing "Hit and Run"
Griffith's solo on the keys in Hit and Run is mesmerizing, and I love everything about this fun performance, down to Ocean's touches on her moody vocals and lilting lyricism.
Go check out Ocean's music on Spotify Here:
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