An Australian band from Wagga Wagga via Melbourne, The Ocean Party are obviously inspired by ‘80s pop and post-punk but have a winning way with a melody. ‘Black Blood’, the first single from their fifth album, has the same sort of jangly pop feel as Real Estate, with whom they’ve toured, and similar roots. Meanwhile ‘Greedy’ has a more post-punk edge, like a softer New Order, and there’s usually a hypnotic bass riff at the heart of their best songs, as with the simple but catchy title track. There’s something quite infectious about their sound, though the trebly keyboards and shrill sax on ‘Dirty Money’ makes it sound very Duran Duran. ‘Aircon’ adds brass for a soulful extra punch and ‘Real Life’ has a throbbing bass backbone and a short but catchy chorus.
There are six songwriters in The Ocean Party but they have a consistent, well-crafted sound and their facility in lacing these songs with catchy hooks makes The Ocean Party worth immersing yourself in.