I’m very excited for this week’s Featured Album Friday, because I’m featuring a Canadian indie band! I think that I should take any and all opportunities to support home grown talent, and their music is pretty damn good too!
Without further delay, this week, I am taking a look at Hey Ocean!‘s 2008 album, It’s Easier to be Somebody Else. You can find more information about them on their MySpace. Here is their description and bio from Last.FM:
If asked, the members of Hey Ocean!, will probably tell you that they are a Canadian band, however their humble beginnings swapping songs on the beaches of Costa Rica are undeniably where the spirit of their music resides. Stemming from the minds of Vancouver songstress Ashleigh Ball and British-born singer/songwriter David Beckingham their mix of focused surfer energy, tight harmonies, and clever lyrics are supported by the recent additions of groove obsessed bassist, Dave Vertesi and master of all things percussion, Benny Schütze.
With the release of their first full length album, “Stop Looking Like Music,” Hey Ocean! has been spreading their sound across southern BC; their shows serving as reminders to their fans (young and old alike) that there is still a place for music that makes you feel good. Drawing on influences in folk, jazz, funk, hip hop, pop, and more, the young band incorporates whimsically poetic lyrics, finely crafted pop and funky freeform jams. Playing packed club shows for up to 700 people, their own enthusiasm at live shows is matched only by that of the growing audiences who have come to know Hey Ocean! as one of the best shows vancouver has to offer. Passionate voices, pensive words, and frivolous fun keep this music honest and pure: from the heart, for the soul.
The album itself sounds fantastic, and is great music to just play in the background while you work. I spent this morning and afternoon listening to it, and I have to say it has grown on me! As per usual, you can stream the album below. If you like it, leave a comment!