Glass Ocean have released the video for third single, Bolero, from their upcoming debut album, The Remnants of Losing Yourself in Someone Else.
The track is dialled back and more sublime than the album’s first two singles, showcasing Glass Ocean’s ability to intertwine soulful groove, restrained passion and an almost 80’s power-pop ballad feel.
“During the shooting of the video for ‘Bolero’, the country was right in the midst of its strictest lockdown measures,” Vocalist Tobias Atkins says.
“This made production requirements difficult to obtain.
“The silver lining was a chance to get creative with minimal tools, crew and sets.
“So my mum and I used what we could under the corona restrictions to come up with something we were really happy with.
“Along with the amazing editing skills of our chief of visual ‘Adrian Goleby’ we ended up with something simple and vibrant.”
“Bolero represents the sentiment and understanding from being rejected.
“That attractive soul across the room may not want to dance with you.
“It may be because of their preference, or it might have something to do with how you represent yourself.
“How is it that you express desire and engagement in the outside world? Is it the real you or something else?
“Expressing the truth, with no filter or mask will attract something greater than impulsive desire. Maybe then the real dance can begin.”
Produced, mixed and mastered by Chris Blancato (Northlane), Glass Ocean’s new record also showcases the continued collaboration with ex-founding member Nic Pettersen (Northlane) who co-wrote album tracks Voyage, A Dream From Which I May Not Wake, Soul Slumber, Divide, Pride, and Almaida.
Atkins says The Remnants of Losing Yourself in Someone Else started out as a concept narrative record which evolved through the creative process into an honest exploration of personal themes.
“The band set out with a vision to write a specific story. However, it became difficult to force a narrative that wasn’t the truth. Instead, something entirely different emerged,” Atkins says.
“The real beating heart of the album, the idea that the songs were the remnants of losing yourself in someone else.”
The album delves deeply into the highs of love and romance, and spirals further into an underworld of loss, tragedy, and malevolence.
“We build structures, only to tear them down. What was once there is gone, and replacing it is the remnants of who you are and who you wanted to be; a never-ending dialogue of forces subordinate to an ever-changing ideal,” he says.
“For better or worse, they exist here by the will of your own creation, through which we journey to find a covenant within ourselves and the world around us.”