Dash Hammerstein – “Floating on a Strangelove Ocean”


Dash Hammerstein‘s “Floating on a Strangelove Ocean” is further indication of the Brooklyn-based artist’s songwriting chops, impressing in past years with tracks like “I Should Know Better By Now” and “Ghost Dance.” The guitar-laden flickering of “Floating on a Strangelove Ocean” plays climactically from the start, with Hammerstein’s moody vocals enveloping. Tonally, I’m fondly reminded of the act Timber Timbre. “I am floating on a strangelove ocean,” he sings, the pulsing guitars becoming accompanied by backing keys, rising percussion, and backing vocal enthusiasm. The “I am floating,” refrain plays with deeply hypnotic results throughout, helping cement “Floating on a Strangelove Ocean” as a track that lingers in one’s head following replays.

Per the artist, the track “evolves a scientific theory about the Strangelove Ocean – a term for the very dead / unproductive ocean that followed the last great extinction.”

“Floating on a Strangelove Ocean” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of December 2021’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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