Seye Adelekan – “Homerton Ocean View”


A gorgeous piece of songwriting from Seye Adelekan, “Homerton Ocean View” is ravishing in its expansion from quaint guitars and vocal longing into elaborate string-laden flourishes. Soaring vocals and glistening chamber-pop styling make for a riveting listening experience. Adelekan, who is also the live bassist for Gorillaz, truly stirs with “Homerton Ocean View” — whose chamber-pop and bossa nova influences propel a beautiful sound.

“Why do you wanna go walking in the winter snow?” the smooth vocals ask amidst lush guitars, traversing into the “ocean view,” reference as glistening keys enter. “Where do you wanna go?” they further entice. “Let’s make love ’til the sun is low.” The mid-point elevates with its lovely string infusions, moving with both swiftness and grandiosity as Adelekan’s wordless vocals wander into another riveting series of verses, and a conclusion that reflects a desire to start anew. “Homerton Ocean View” captivates in its alluring production and songwriting.

The Nigerian-born, London-raised artist elaborates on the track:

“I moved to Homerton in November just before heading to Iceland where I wrote this song. It was the mixed feelings of being in winter time, feeling the lack of sun but being in love with my partner and still finding that summer feeling in the darkness. The feelings you have for someone can change the weather somehow.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

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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