Australian psychedelic surf-rock sextet, Ocean Alley, have released their highly-anticipated sophomore album, Chiaroscuro, via UNIFIED Music Group. Chiaroscuro has drawn critical acclaim around the addictively groovy, utterly sexy, funk-fueled sound captured on hit singles  Confidence‘, ‘The Comedown‘ and ‘Overgrown’. The record is available now on Spotify and Apple and you can purchase the album on vinyl here.

In both subject and sound, Chiaroscuro explores the contrast of light and dark, from the hazy, hopeful tones on the paradoxical ‘Happy Sad’, to the wistful yet commanding howls on ‘Knees’, and warm, rich rolling guitars on lead single ‘The Comedown’ which was voted at #48 in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2017, each song is drenched in equal parts distortion and dreaminess, pairing blissfully scuzzy riffs with intoxicating echoing vocals, to create the ultimate fusion of psychedelic reggae and laid-back surf rock.

Coming off a string of sold out dates in Australia, Ocean Alley also announced today that they will embark on their debut North American tour in May. The 30-date run will commence in Southern California before heading north of the border. From there the band will make their way east across the U.S. and Canada before returning back to the Pacific. Full dates for their North American tour are listed below and tickets can be purchased through the band’s website – http://oceanalley.com.au/.

Chiaroscuro Track Listing:

  1. Corduroy

  2. The Comedown

  3. Happy Sad

  4. Confidence

  5. Knees

  6. Rage

  7. She’s Always Right

  8. Frostbite

  9. Overgrown

  10. Bones

  11. Flowers and Booze

  12. Man You Were Looking For

Full North American Tour Dates

5/23 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar

5/24 – West Hollywood, CA @ The Viper Room

5/25 – Monterey, CA @ California Roots Music and Arts Festival

5/26 – Sacramento, CA @ Harlow’s

5/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Independent

5/30 – Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge

5/31 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern

6/1 – Victoria, BC @ Capital Ballroom

6/2 – Vancouver, BC @ The Biltmore Cabaret

6/3 – Whistler, BC @ Garibaldi Lift Co

6/5 – Nelson, BC @ Spirit Bar

6/6 – Calgary, AB @ The Gateway

6/7 – Edmonton, AB @ Temple

6/8 – Saskatoon, SK @ The Capitol Music Club

6/9 – Winnipeg, MB @ The Good Will Social Club

6/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry

6/12 – Chicago, IL @ Schubas Tavern

6/14 – Toronto, ON @ The Drake

6/15 – Ottawa, ON @ The 27 Club

6/16 Montreal, QC @ L’Escogriffe

6/19 – Allston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall

6/20 – Philadelphia, PA @ The Foundry at The Fillmore

6/22 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge

6/23 – Washington, DC @ DC9

6/25 – University City, MO @ Blueberry Hill

6/27 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge

6/29 – Phoenix, AZ @ Valley Bar

6/30 – Santa Ana, CA @ Constellation Room

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About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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