Greek dream-pop duo Ocean Hope (aka brother and sister Angeliki and Serafim Tsotsonis) have songs from their debut release ‘Chamber Dreams’ remixed and interpreted by Hush Hush family and friends, including Keep Shelly in Athens, Kid Smpl, Big Spider’s Back, Chants, Kimekai , Hanssen, Secret School, w. baer, Broken Deck, and ltdjamz.
Ocean Hope quietly emerged in the fall of 2014 with a pair of demos shrouded in a foggy, seductive mystery, as is frequently the result of a veiled online connection. The strength of these early demos paved the way for the act’s forthcoming debut release ‘Chamber Dreams.’
Ocean Hope’s music reveals a warm, romantic dream-pop sound strong enough to refresh ears in 2015 while carrying an aesthetic influenced by the avant-garde pioneers that dominated 4AD’s roster during the 1980’s. Beautiful ethereal vocals glide and blur over expressive guitars, lush analogue synths, and distant percussion, creating an ideal soundtrack for nostalgic daydreams, midnight adventures, and intimate encounters.
Recently unveiled as the project of a Greek brother-sister duo from a small seaside village near the city of Corinth, their introductory EP captures a whimsical, escapist aura. Inspired by their own isolated formative years spent lost in the imaginations of directors such as Federico Fellini and Hayao Miyazaki, as well as the visionary albums of Arthur Russell and The Cure, Ocean Hope confidently craft their own hypnotic, fantastical world on their debut release.
Ocean Hope also appear on Keep Shelly In Athens’ new single “Now I’m Ready,” the title track to the fellow Greek dream-pop outfit’s forthcoming album that’s due out October 16th 2015 via Friends of Friends.
Below you can stream the gorgeus debut single “By Your Side”. The group’s forthcoming debut release, Chamber Dreams is out November 13 via Seattle label Hush Hush. Watch the teaser below. Pre-order here. The cassette tape version of ‘Chamber Dreams’ will include the four EP cuts in addition to tape-exclusive bonus tracks + remixes.
Seattle-based producer Kid Smpl caught our ears in 2012 with his intricate, free-flowing layering of melancholic sound textures. With a sonic vision already fully formed early on in his career, the producer continues to add to his template on his new release for Hush Hush.
The Silo Tear EP is arguably Kid Smpl’s most palpable effort yet. Apparent on the title track, the producer weaves in more abrasive rhythmical and textural elements than what we’ve heard from him thus far. Washes of noise add to the dramatic feel introduced by somber synths and sorrowful vocal samples, drawing connections to the work of Burial just as they to do that of fellow NYC Academy grad Evian Christ. Do yourself a favour and listen to this now. Silo Tear is out on May 5 via Hush Hush.
Seattle producer Joey Butler a.k.a. Kid Smpl‘s Armour EP was released a few weeks back, and now, “Necklace,” one of the five tracks from that EP, has been paired with some dreamy visuals by director Annapurna Kumar. The EP is available via “name your price” from Hush Hush Records Bandcamp page. Listen to the title track below.