Australian Ocean Alley announce fourth album Low Altitude Living
Australia’s beloved psychedelic surf rock band ocean walkway announced their forthcoming fourth album Life at low altitude, which will be released independently on October 14. The band are also set to embark on their US West Coast tour – earlier this year Ocean Alley sold out nearly every venue on their eight-show Midwest and East Coast tour, including including Music Hall in Williamsburg in Brooklyn, Lincoln Hall in Chicago, West Terminal in Atlanta and Sinclair in Boston. The album announcement is accompanied by their latest single “Home”, a profession of love for people and place.
Stream “Home” HERE and watch the music video HERE
Pre-order Low Altitude Living HERE
Opening the record with a feeling of warmth and familiarity, “Home” is steeped in bright tones and subtly adorned with shimmering touches. The song is a product of the band’s opportunity to slow down in 2020, with space to reconnect with themselves and the environment around them. Guitarist Mitch Galbraith explains, “We felt more connected than ever to the people and places around us at home. Normally we would spend most of our year on tour, but we felt very lucky to spend the past two years with the people we love.
While the six-piece could have rinsed and repeated the styles and sounds of their previous albums – the ARIA Award-nominated Lonely Diamond (2020), their ARIA Gold-certified breakthrough Chiaroscuro (2018) and their assured debut Lost Tropics (2016) – Low Altitude Living, produced by longtime collaborator Callum Howell, sees the band building their widest sonic framework to date. As the diverse feel of previous singles “Touch Back Down” and “Deepest Darkness” suggest, Ocean Alley consistently honors the traditional hallmarks of their distinct sound while also giving it a refreshing and exciting new edge. Mitch shares, “It’s no secret that we don’t want to repeat ourselves…there’s a constant sense of improvement, growth and exploration.
Where in the past Ocean Alley cited the influence of 70s mainstays such as Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin, this new album sees the band exploring their musicality by pure instinct. They experiment with muddy ’90s alt-rock on reverb-laden “Changes,” they bring a Commodores-like bluesy slide guitar side to the cruise ballad “Snake Eyes,” while the sultry, haunting “Parking Fines” would pass right in an Interpol file. Lach Galbraith (keyboards/vocals) shares, “Pushing each other to try new things, inside and outside of music, is really important to us to keep things fresh. Musically, our songwriting has become more complex as we explore new styles and recording techniques.
2022 saw Ocean Alley perform 62 shows around the world with a string of international dates and a fall US tour coming up. Earlier in the year their Australian tour sold over 37,000 tickets, followed by extended tours across the UK, New Zealand, Europe and North America where they sold a total of 40,000 tickets.
Despite billing major festivals like Reading & Leeds (UK), Splendor In The Grass (AUS) and Sziget (HU), ARIA Double Platinum certification for their single “Confidence”, which also topped the triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2018 – ARIA Gold certification on five singles and two ARIA Award nominations, it looks like Ocean Alley is just getting started. With 550 million catalog streams under their belt and US accolades from Billboard and American Songwriter, they know who they are and stay true to what serves them.
As leader Baden Donegal explains: “At lower altitudes, being close to the beach is where we all have the most peace. So naming the album Low Altitude Living made a lot of sense. The album title does not necessarily represent any particular song, nor does it tie them all together. But it binds our band to the music. I feel like it’s more of a title that describes why we are like Ocean Alley.
Low Altitude Life Song List:
2. Double vision
3. Press Back Down
5. Drinks and cigars
6. Simple Pleasures
7. Parking fines
9. Deepest Darkness
10. West Coast
11. Snake Eyes
Upcoming Tour Dates
10/1: Seattle, WA – Tractor Tavern
10/2: Portland, OR – Doug Fir Lounge
10/3: Arcata, CA – Arcata Theater Show
10/6: Berkeley, CA – Cornerstone
10/7: Ventura, CA – Ventura Music Hall
9/10: San Luis Obispo, CA – SLO Brew Rock
10/10: San Diego, CA – Music Box
10/11: Anaheim, CA – The Parish of House of Blues Anaheim
10/13: Los Angeles, CA – The Regent Theater
10/14: Santa Cruz, CA – The Catalyst Atrium
10/15: San Francisco, CA – The Independent
10/17: Salt Lake City, Utah – Soundwell
10/18: Englewood, CO – Gothic Theater
10/20: Dallas, TX – Cambridge Hall at House of Blues Dallas
10/21: Houston, TX – Bronze Peacock at House of Blues Houston
10/22: San Antonio, TX – Paper Tiger (small room)
10/23: Austin, Texas – Parish