Song of the day: Ocean Grove – "So Cool"

August 9, 2011

Yesterday I mentioned how I wake up every morning with a random song in my head, and then proceeded to play you the song I heard in me noggin’ last Wednesday.

On Thursday it was a piece of classical music. I thought you might not be terribly interested in that, so I’ve refrained from posting it here.

But this is what I woke up hearing on Friday:

Ocean Grove – “So Cool” (2011)

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Ocean Grove are an American band that I mentioned on the blog last month, so I guess that’d be why one of their songs is still hanging around in my head.

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Song of the day: Ocean Grove – "Take It Easy"

July 6, 2011

I was contacted by a fabulous person by the name of Dayna (Hi, Dayna!) who, like Chrissy from Big Picture Media, is from Big Picture Media.

Sidenote: I’ve just noticed that I tend to describe people I meet as ‘fabulous’, ‘splendid’ etc. I guess I only meet fabulously splendid people.

Dayna introduced me to a new band, Ocean Grove, and their new EP, Another Place To Stay. I must admit that I don’t like the cover (see above) – but I very much like the music contain therein. The tracks have a touch of the Jellyfishes about them, and that to me is A Very Good Thing Indeed.

Yesterday I played you four songs from another band’s album (Hi, The Fire Apes!). Today I won’t raid the musical vaults as much, so I’ll only play you one-ish tracks (see below for the “ish”):

Ocean Grove – “Take It Easy” (2011)

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By the way, and this doesn’t have much to do with anything, but I want to point out something I found rather odd on one of the EP’s other tracks. Track 1 is “Away”, an anthemic, tween-friendly, Jonas Brothers kind of thing that positively invites large groups of young people to hold sparklers aloft as they sway in time to the music and shout the lyrics in the chorus as loudly as possible. There’s a quiet section in the middle of the song that has the singer doing his bit (i.e., singing) with an acoustic guitar accompaniment. The strumming of the acoustic guitar in this part of the song was recorded in such a way that it doesn’t sound like an acoustic guitar anymore – it sounds to me like a pair of scissors snip, snip, snipping:

Ocean Grove – “Away” (2011) (excerpt)

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That makes me feel like I’m having my hair cut.

Anyway, here’s the full thing:

Ocean Grove – “Away” (2011)

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And if you want to hear some more Ocean Grove, you certainly can. Here’s an EP they released earlier this year:

Ocean GroveLittle Record (2011)

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Musical coincidences # 118

July 6, 2011

Today’s Song of the day band, Ocean Grove (see above), have released an EP entitled Another Place To Stay. One of the tracks on the EP is called “The Best”. It’s in the key of G major, and at the end of each chorus the chord progression is C major, F major, G major – like so:

Ocean Grove – “The Best” (2011) (end of the chorus)

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That chord progression is slightly unusual when played in the key of G major because of the F major, which really sticks out. (In the key of G major, the F note is not supposed to be F – it’s supposed to be F sharp.)

Anyway, when I heard the band go to F major (instead of any other chord they could have chosen) at the end of the chorus, it reminded me of British band Farrah who did the same thing last year on one their songs. Farrah’s song is “If You Were Mine”, and at the end of each chorus the chord progression is C major, F major, G major – just like the Ocean Grove song:

Farrah – “If You Were Mine” (2010) (end of the chorus)

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Here are the full versions:

Ocean Grove – “The Best” (2011)

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Farrah – “If You Were Mine” (2010)

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