“Ocean of Flowers” is an engrossing new track from Skygasm, the London-based husband-wife duo of Akiko Matsuda and Henry Dobson. Recorded in one take at Dobson’s Scottish countryside studio, “Ocean of Flowers” flows with beautiful textural progression. The duo write: “The song draws from our stream of consciousness and reflects a childhood nostalgia, mixed with our urban roots and the bucolic spring time surroundings of the studio.”
A percussive pit-pat immediately signals heavy guitar-based caressing, with serene vocals shortly to follow. The shoegaze-friendly nature of the production succeeds aesthetically; sweeping vocals contrast beautifully with the heavier guitar tones. Certainly, fans of shoegaze — and music in general that deftly contrasts distortion with lushness — will find this project well worth following.
“Ocean of Flowers” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of May 2020’ Spotify playlist.