Back in 1989, the Ocean Blue released their debut through Sire Records, and the album was not only well-recieved by critics and fans, it got a ton of airplay on radio and on MTV. The band released two more albums through Sire Records before doing what was an extremely rare thing back then – they released a number of albums independently. But by 2004, the band had started a rather lengthy hiatus as members of the band focused on other projects and priorities.
Released through Korda Records in March, Ultramarine is the Ocean Blue’s first effort in almost a decade. The material on the album is informed by the music each member loved when they started the band in their 20s – — the Smiths, New Order and the like.
“Ground Gives Way” is the latest single and video off the new album, and it’s a shimmering, gorgeous song that’s reminiscent of the Church and of Echo an the Bunnymen – most notably, the Church’s “Under the Milky Way” and Echo and the Bunnymen’s “Under the Killing Moon."